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The Charge : Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive
by Brendon Burchard and Brendon Burchard

Overview - On a dark and steamy Caribbean night, Brendon Burchard stood bleeding atop the crumpled hood of his wrecked car. That night he learned about mortality, discovering that at the end of our lives we will all ask, "Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter ?"
Since that fateful night, Brendon has lived a fully charged life, and he's helped millions of people around the globe transform their lives and feel more alive, engaged, and fulfilled.
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Overview

On a dark and steamy Caribbean night, Brendon Burchard stood bleeding atop the crumpled hood of his wrecked car. That night he learned about mortality, discovering that at the end of our lives we will all ask, "Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?"
Since that fateful night, Brendon has lived a fully charged life, and he's helped millions of people around the globe transform their lives and feel more alive, engaged, and fulfilled.
Brendon observes that the emotional energy of the world has flatlined, and he sets out to fix it. People are stressed, restless, and wanting more out of life. Despite the fact that most people have what they "need" to be happy, they rarely feel the levels of excitement, engagement, or satisfaction they deserve. So what's the solution?
In The Charge, Brendon argues that the only way to measurably improve the quality of your life is to learn how to activate the very 10 drives that make you most human. These drives are your desires for more control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness. These drives shape everything you think, feel, and do in life, so understanding and mastering them is critical to your success and happiness. Strategically activating these drives on a consistent basis is the fastest path to living a fully charged life.
Harnessing our human drives is not easy; if it were, we wouldn't see so much restlessness in the world. That's why Brendon has devised what he calls the true "activators" of human experience—a series of powerful yet simple actions you can take to radically increase your levels of energy, engagement, and fulfillment in all areas of your life.
What Brendon uncovers in The Charge will surprise and challenge you. It turns out that most of the ways we seek to meet our human drives are actually counterproductive. We all want more control, for example, but seeking to have more certainty in our daily lives or to control other people will actually decrease our levels of control (and happiness). We have a deep desire for change, too, but we often fail to make the right kinds of change that would make us feel more alive and in command of our lives.
In The Charge, Brendon helps us overcome these mistakes and illuminates the path for strategically and intelligently activating our 10 human drives so that we can have the one thing we all want: more life in our lives! Brendon Burchard is the founder of High Performance Academy and author of the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling book The Millionaire Messenger. He is also the author of Life's Golden Ticket and one of the top motivation and high performance trainers in the world. His famous training events and videos inspire millions of people to find their charge, share their voice, and make a greater difference.

 
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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Date: May 2012
 
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Introduction

This book is an unapologetic assault on boredom, distraction, mediocrity, withdrawal, and living a "normal" life. It will directly call into question why you are allowing yourself to live at the energetic level where you currently reside, and it will aggressively challenge you to live a more vibrant, strategic, and engaged life.

In the pages ahead you will find a pragmatic, often counterintuitive guide that cuts through the clutter of bad advice, lays waste to nearly half a century of psychological misunderstanding, and paves a shimmering golden path to one, and only one, destination: a new life that makes you feel truly, fully, magnificently alive.

Face it: the emotional energy of the world has flatlined. Over the past forty years, across almost every developed country in the world, the diagnosis of clinical depression has grown nearly tenfold. This, despite the fact that almost every factor we associate with well-being--plentiful food, money, education, safety, access to the arts and health care--is abundant in these societies. Increasingly, people are reporting feelings of restlessness, fatigue, stress, and a sort of unnamable malaise that leaves them too often feeling bored, unsure, or frustrated.

My guess is, you can relate. Like everyone else, you have everything they say you "need"--safety, shelter, sustenance--and yet there are too many days that you don't feel as excited, productive, or fulfilled as you thought you would. At some level, you may sense that you are not fulfilling the promises you've made to yourself or expressing the potential that lives within you. You start each year fired up for the big race, only to finish at a slow trot. Your week is scheduled to the hilt, but deep down you can tell that the work keeping you busy isn't your life's work. You've got the smarts and the soul and the hunger and the will, but all too often you find yourself spinning on a less-than-merry-go-round of doubt and delay. You're connected to everyone and everything online, but you don't feel nearly as connected to the world or to others as you would like. You're waiting for some kind of permission or right timing to live full out every single day. You feel a restless desire for something more.

Well, I'm here to tell you that you deserve something more. But there's a catch: to get it, you're going to have to demand more of yourself. Those words might discourage you or even stop you dead from reading on, I know. You're already fighting hard to stay afloat and awake, hammered by a tough economy, unreasonable demands from every quarter, and not enough sleep. Probably the last thing you want to hear is that you've got to try harder, work smarter, or give more in life.

The problem is, you do. And whether it makes me popular or not, I'm going to challenge you in these pages--and I hope you let me and then rise to the challenge, because I think you know there actually is more for you out there. I think you've tasted plenty of magically happy, engaged, and satisfying moments in your life and are willing to do what it takes to enjoy more of them. You can remember times when you had more fun, when you were wild and carefree and felt more excited and hopeful than you ever imagined possible. In short, you've already had a glimpse, a taste, of the Charged Life--a heightened existence that makes you feel energized, engaged, and enthusiastic about living.

If that's true, then let me show you my cards: I don't think the restlessness, boredom, anxiety, fear, or any other enduring negative emotion you may feel about yourself, others, or life in general has anything to do...

 
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