Learned Excellence: Mental Disciplines for Leading and Winning from the World's Top Performers


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5.8 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Potterat, PhD, is a clinical and performance psychologist and a leading expert in individual and organizational performance optimization. Eric retired as a commander from the US Navy after twenty years of service, during which he helped create the mental toughness curriculum used during Navy SEALs BUD/S training. Eric spent several years as the director of specialized performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has also worked with Red Bull athletes, the US Women's national soccer team, the Miami Heat, and numerous Olympic athletes, first responders, business leaders, and NASA astronauts.

Alan Eagle is an author and executive communications consultant, helping leaders and companies shape and tell their stories. He spent 16 years at Google, partnering with executives to communicate the company's story to clients, partners, employees, and the public. He is the co-author of the books How Google Works and Trillion Dollar Coach, and the author, all by himself, of seven letters-to-the-editor published in Sports Illustrated. He has never won the New Yorker Caption Contest.


"When you Google 'how to be a great performer, ' Learned Excellence should be the first result. Today's leaders have to think and navigate their way through constant change. I urge them to learn excellence now so they can be ready for an amazing future." -- Eric Schmidt, former CEO and chairman, Google

"I wish Learned Excellence was around when I was just starting out in soccer. I sure could have used it! This book will have a huge impact on the next generation of winners, no matter where and how they perform." -- Carli Lloyd, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, two-time FIFA World Cup champion, player of the year, and Olympic gold medalist

"Learned Excellence is a game changer. Eric's guidance was instrumental in helping me win the skating gold medal in Beijing and have fun doing it. Whatever your gold medal is, Learned Excellence will help you win it." -- Nathan Chen, 2022 Men's Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion

"Anyone can be a top performer, excel at school, have a great career, and even, like I did, travel into space. Learned Excellence teaches us the mental skills we need to be our very best. If you want to reach your full potential and beyond, this book is a great place to start." -- Dr. Sian Proctor, American astronaut, and first female commercial spaceship pilot

"So many of us are searching for better strategies to help us become more effective performers and leaders in our respective fields. Learned Excellence is the perfect playbook to help guide you on your journey to excellence!" -- Erik Spoelstra, two-time NBA Champion Head Coach, Miami Heat

"Working with a broad range of individuals in high pressure positions, Eric Potterat identified protocols to help them perform when it matters most. In Learned Excellence, he gives the reader pragmatic and actionable techniques that any person can apply in order reach their highest level." -- Jocko Willink, author, CEO, retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer

"[Learned Excellence] should be mandatory reading for national security professionals and leaders, especially given the unique challenges that they face in today's volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous world of threats and challenges." -- The Cipher Brief