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About the Book
As a child, Sarah Robb O’Hagan felt destined to become a champion, but her early efforts at sports, in school, and in music failed to reveal a natural superstar. Unwilling to settle for average, she learned through a series of dramatic successes and epic failures to follow her own extremely personal path to success.
Sarah climbed the corporate ladder at Virgin Atlantic, Nike, Gatorade, and Equinox—also becoming a wife, mother, and endurance athlete-—and though in her twenties she was fired twice, in her thirties she led the turnaround of a $5 billion Gatorade sports drink business. Her approach has stemmed from personal experience and inspiration from the band of highly accomplished “Extremers” she met along the way: entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, TV personalities, an Olympic champion downhill skier, a former secretary of state, and even a world-famous tattoo artist. These Extremers helped her recognize that success doesn’t come from conforming, hiding weaknesses, or reaching some preplanned destination. Instead, the Extreme You approach is to continuously develop yourself—warts and all—to the max, and to tap your true potential and find your own greatness.
In every challenging situation, personal or professional, we feel pressure to conform to accepted norms. But doing so comes with heavy costs: passions stifled, talents ignored, and opportunities squelched. The bolder choice is to embrace Extreme You: to bring all that is distinctive and relevant about yourself to everything you do, and to bring out the Extreme in the people and the culture around you.
Inspiring, practical, and laugh-out-loud funny, Extreme You is Sarah’s training program for developing the drive, originality, and fierce attitude to become the best version of you.
Every once in awhile, you need someone standing by your shoulder, inspiring you, cheering you on, pushing you to go further. Sarah might be just the coach you’re looking for. —Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
Extreme You is a wildly entertaining read that manages to impart of host of valuable lessons along the way. Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s personality jumps off the page, bringing you into her life as she teaches you how to improve yours. Sign me up as an Extremer! —Anne Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business, CEO of New America
Sarah doesn’t just sit at the table-she stands on it. She’s full of inspiring advice about how to bounce back from failures, speak your truth, embrace your quirks, and have a lot more fun along the way. —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org
Sarah Robb O’Hagan draws on her own life experiences and those of other ‘Extremers’to show you how you can find success by becoming your best you. There’s no one else who can develop the potential greatness that lies inside you. But, as she explains, moderation won’t cut it. The key is to go extreme! —Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
I’ve seen Sarah dazzle audiences with her extreme creativity, candor, and zest. I’m thrilled that at long last, those rare and infectious qualities are available in writing. She’s a badass of the highest order and her book is full of bold ideas to energize you to become one too. —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals
Sarah Robb O’Hagan proves that fortune doesn’t favor the wallflower. She hit the big leagues of corporate America with hunger and hard work and will show you how you can do it too. —Sophia Amoruso, author of #GirlBoss
Everywhere we turn these days, we are offered instant gratification, but that’s not what brings out the greatness inside. To be our best, we need the commitment and the courage Sarah Robb O’Hagan shows us how to tap in Extreme You. —Billie Jean King, Social Justice Pioneer and 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
My favorite thing about Sarah is that she’s normal. She’s one of us. She has good days and bad days. She has self-doubt. She proves to us that if she can do it, so than the rest of us. —Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why