Psyched Up
Daniel McGinn

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Narrated By: Jonathan McClain

Duration: 5 hours and 44 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Psyched Up by Daniel McGinn, read by Jonathan McClain.

What's the difference between succeeding and failing in life's big moments?

In Psyched Up, acclaimed journalist Daniel McGinn explains why mental preparation is the key to mastering any challenge. Examining the latest scientific research into the smartest ways to deal with a flood of adrenaline, increase focus, minimize negative thoughts, and optimize emotions, Psyched Up teaches you what do in the last few minutes before a major event.

Drawing on interviews with high-performing professionals such as retired General Stanley McChrystal, NASCAR champion driver Jimmie Johnson and legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, McGinn illustrates how to develop a personal psyching up routine and reveals why introverts and extroverts might employ different methods.


Assertiveness, motivation, self-esteem & positive mental attitude, Advice on careers & achieving success, Management decision making

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McGinn's strategies can create a winning pre-game routine for anyone

co-founder of Huffington Post

A fascinating read

author of The Power of Habit

Daniel McGinn's Psyched Up offers that perfect combination of informative, applicable advice and page-turningly good entertainment'

author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone

A wonderful pleasure to read, Psyched Up is an expertly crafted investigation into the vibrating heart of peak performance

author of Top Dog and Nurtureshock

Psyched Up offers compelling, entertaining and well-researched advice on how to prepare for stressful situations

CEO of and author of Delivering Happiness

This book is a gift for entrepreneurs or anyone else who pitches ideas for a living

venture capitalist and co-founder of Techstars

Psyched Up provides a wonderful overview of the science and practicalities of how to perform well when it matters most

New York Times fitness columnist and author of The First 20 Minutes

I can't think of another book that's as helpful as this, whether you're shooting a free throw, taking a big test, giving a toast or on one knee proposing. Read Psyched Up before your next big moment

creator of WordPress and CEO of Automatic

Psyched Up is an essential user's guide for ensuring you'll be your best when you take centre stage