Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed

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About the Author

DANIEL MCGINN is an editor at Harvard Business Review. His writing has appeared in Wired, Inc., the Boston Globe Magazine, and Newsweek. He lives in suburban Boston with his family.


"Performance anxiety can scuttle great opportunities to showcase your talent and work. Psyched Up is an essential user's guide for ensuring you'll be your best when you take center stage--whether the cameras are rolling or not!"

"Daniel McGinn takes readers into locker rooms, backstage on Broadway, onto the sales floor at Yelp, and inside the DJ booth at Fenway Park to discover the secrets of how high performers use psychology, superstition, and a surprising mix of other tools to get ready for the make-or-break events in their lives. It's a fascinating read."
--CHARLES DUHIGG, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

"Psyched Up is filled with actionable, practical tips and tools to help reduce anxiety, lower stress, and build confidence. McGinn's strategies can create a winning pregame routine for anyone."

"This book is a gift for entreprenuers or anyone else who pitches ideas for a living."
--BRAD FELD, venture capitalist and cofounder of Techstars

"Psyched Up provides a wonderful overview of the science and practicalities of how to perform well when it matters most. The book is full of useful takeaways for all of us, including--my favorite--how powerful it can be to have lucky exam shoes."
--GRETCHEN REYNOLDS, New York Times fitness columnist and author of The First 20 Minutes

"A wonderful pleasure to read, Psyched Up is an expertly crafted investigation into thevibrating heart of peak performance."
--PO BRONSON, author of Top Dog and NurtureShock

"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."
--MATT MULLENWEG, creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic

"Psyched Up offers compelling, entertaining, and well-researched advice on how to prepare for stressful situations."
--TONY HSIEH, CEO of and author of Delivering Happiness

"Daniel McGinn's Psyched Up offers that perfect combination of informative, applicable advice and page-turningly good entertainment."
--KEITH FERRAZZI, author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone