The Plateau Effect

  • by Bob Sullivan, Hugh Thompson
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Plateau Effect is a powerful law of nature that affects everyone. Learn to identify plateaus and break through any stagnancy in your life - from diet and exercise, to work, to relationships. The Plateau Effect shows how athletes, scientists, therapists, companies, and musicians around the world are learning to break through their plateau - to turn off the forces that cause people to “get used to” things - and turn on human potential and happiness in ways that seemed impossible.
The audiobook identifies three key flattening forces that generate plateaus, two principles to guide listeners in engineering a plateau’s destruction, and three actions to take to achieve peak behavior. It helps us to stop wasting time on things that are no longer of value and to focus on the things that leverage our time and energy in spectacular ways. Anything you want to do better - play guitar, make friends, communicate with your children, run a business - you can accomplish faster by understanding the plateau effect.


What the Critics Say

“You already know what the plateau effect is. No matter what the endeavor, we've all experienced that feeling of diminishing returns from our efforts. Now Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson present the definitive guide for those who believe things can get a lot better and want to rise above their plateaus. Turn your back on the daily grind for good. Read this book now.” (Ori Brafman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior)
" The Plateau Effect is smart, bracing, and eye-opening­ with genuine pay-offs for accomplishing your dreams. It’s also cheerful, funny and greatly entertaining. Use it!” (Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting insights but....

Where does The Plateau Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would put rank it in the upper 50% of the books that I have listened to so far.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There were some great stories that provide fascinating insights in the fields of behavioural psychology, self-help, success etc.
However the book has a tendency to drift away from the key theme, which is the plateau effect. A lot of times I asked myself what does all this have to do with the plateau effect?
It seemed that the authors have just gathered a lot of interesting information and decided to somehow link it to the plateau effect

What does Don Hagen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voice and tone is clear and easy to follow. I find at times he tries to sound humourus although he is not very succesful at it.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book had many interesting aha moments

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- Akis


If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

An American interested in sport.

What will your next listen be?

a Jon Ronson.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

There really wasn't a lot he could have done with this material.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Plateau Effect?

At least half of it. I didn't get close to finishing it. It seemed to have one point to make, and a lot of examples to make it with.

Any additional comments?

It was like trudging along on a plateau. I was happy to jump off half-way.

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- Hannah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC