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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Sullivan Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781596596290
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Sooner or later, everyone encounters a situation in which the stakes are high and the outcome is vital. And even top performers can crumble when faced with such extreme pressure. Consider the CEO who panics in a desperate attempt to shore up his company’s earnings, the veteran politician who grows overconfident and loses to the upstart candidate, the quarterback who carries his team to the Super Bowl but falls apart in the final quarter. All of them choked.

But then there are the performers who thrive under such conditions: the ER doctor racing the clock to save someone’s life, the lieutenant who leads his platoon to victory after an ambush, the young attorney who refuses to be intimidated in court and wins the crucial case. These people are clutch, and their ability to overcome extreme pressure consistently and beat the toughest odds fascinates us.

How do they do it? According to Paul Sullivan, clutch performance does not stem from an innate ability. It’s a learned skill—the art of operating in high-stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Even some of the most experienced and talented performers lack this skill—but Sullivan shows that anyone can develop it.

Drawing on new research and interviews with stars across a range of fields, Sullivan uncovers the shared traits that define clutch performers and explains how anyone can apply their strategies. He builds his case through many inspiring true stories, including those of:

· A skinny sergeant who saved his battalion in Iraq

· A rookie baseball player who pitched his team into its first World Series

· An eccentric psychiatrist who trained a group of financial traders to become the best in the world

· A lawyer who struggled in school but became one of the top litigators in America

Full of powerful advice and real-world examples, Clutch will show you how to overcome extreme pressure and achieve greatness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perceptive and original.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 9/27/2013

    " Not what I was hoping for... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sarah | 8/5/2013

    " Love this kind of book--gives great examples of clutch people and defines clutch in a simple and clear way. After you read this book, you'll have an idea of what you can do to be better at those anxiety-producing situations (run a meeting, public speaking, perform in front of an audience). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernie | 3/7/2013

    " Nice book. Made you think, or decide not to over-think about what you do or don't do in clutch situations "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 2/3/2013

    " Interesting, but did not have me gripped. Now that I know the traits of people who are good under pressure.....it's just too much pressure. I'm not sure I'll ever be good under pressure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Louise | 10/24/2012

    " Excellent book about why some excel under pressure while others don't. And mindfullness is a big part of it--stay in the moment, keeping the past and future at Bay. Sheesh, where'd I hear that one? Oh yeah, Buddhism. :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Mcmanaman | 9/11/2011

    " I can't remember anything about this book and I just finished it a week ago. I liked the stories...but nothing memorable to report. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernie | 2/28/2011

    " Nice book. Made you think, or decide not to over-think about what you do or don't do in clutch situations "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 1/3/2011

    " Interesting, but did not have me gripped. Now that I know the traits of people who are good under pressure.....it's just too much pressure. I'm not sure I'll ever be good under pressure. "

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About the Author
Paul Sullivan writes the “Wealth Matters” column for The New York Times and is the author of The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy and Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t. His articles have appeared in Fortune, Conde Nast Portfolio, The International Herald Tribune, Barron’s, The Boston Globe, and Food & Wine. From 2000 to 2006, he was a reporter, editor, and columnist at the Financial Times. A graduate of Trinity College and the University of Chicago, Sullivan lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.