Nonfiction Book Award Status: GOLD


What do astronauts, Olympic champions and Nobel laureates do differently that allows them to achieve at such a high level?

High achievers share the same four attributes (intrinsic motivation, perseverance, strong foundation, constantly learning through informal means). The key to their success is that they do all four of these things in tandem. Based on research and in-person interviews with astronauts, Nobel laureates and Olympic champions, The Success Factor outlines the methodological approach that individuals aspiring to improve their performance can adopt to achieve success.

Using these four shared attributes as a guide, The Success Factor helps you reach peak performance by applying the lessons of high achievers in your own life: identify your passion using a Passion Audit; learn how and where to find a mentor and how to build a mentoring team; develop your own community of practice; pursue your interests through informal learning; and manage your time and energy. 

The Success Factor comes with online resources that feature a downloadable Passion Audit worksheet, Mentoring Team worksheet and Goal Audit worksheet. The book offers scripts for approaching potential mentors and a list of uncommon places to find a mentor, such as webinars, airports and social media.

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Author Bio

Ruth Gotian, based in New Rochelle, NY, is a leadership coach, keynote speaker, educator and social scientist who researches the most successful people in order to learn about their mindsets and practices. She serves as the Chief Learning Officer and is Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. She is the 2021 recipient of the Thinkers50 RADAR Award, making her the world’s #1 emerging management thinker. Her work regularly appears in Forbes, Psychology Today, Nature, Scientific American, Academic Medicine and Harvard Business Review..