Breakthrough Mediocrity To Greatness With These 4 Strategies | Adam Alter

Breakthrough Mediocrity To Greatness With These 4 Strategies | Adam Alter

In today’s episode, we cover getting unstuck with Adam Alter. Adam is a renowned academic and speaker known for his work in marketing and psychology, the New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked and Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave. His newest book is Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most.


It can feel crippling to get stuck in life and not know how to move forward, so what psychological traps keep you stuck and how do you avoid them, how do you manage your emotions so you don’t waste time staying stuck longer than necessary, and what can you do to create a hot streak every time you get unstuck? 

What to Listen For

  • Introduction – 0:00
  • How can you recognize when you get stuck so you don’t waste your life away? 
  • What is the secret Lionel Messi uses to overcome his performance anxiety?
  • Your mind is tricking you into staying stuck – 16:42
  • What are the psychological traps that keep you stuck in life and how do you avoid them or get out of them?
  • Managing your emotions to get unstuck – 27:10
  • How do your emotions help you or hinder you when it comes to feeling stuck in life and how do you deal with them?
  • Fishy life lessons – 39:25
  • What can we learn from specific fish about the value of patience and always trying to be first?
  • How do you use failure to get unstuck?
  • Creating your own hot streak – 44:16
  • What can you do to create a hot streak of success in your career regardless of where you are in life?

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