(CBS Local)– There seems to be an endless fascination with success and how to achieve it. Psychologist Dr. Ron Friedman dives into this topic and examines the world’s most successful people in fields like politics, sports, technology and business in his new Simon & Schuster book “Decoding Greatness: How The Best In The World Reverse Engineer Success.”
Dr. Friedman looks at people like President Barack Obama, tennis star Serena Williams and author Malcolm Gladwell to make a larger point about how to reverse engineer success by studying those before them in order to pick up on hidden patterns and themes. CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith caught up with Dr. Friedman to discuss the book, what was most fascinating about his research and what this conversation says about us as a society.
“My first book ‘The Best Place To Work’ looked at all the science of how we can create a great workplaces, but there was something missing in that book,” said Friedman. “Even in the best workplaces, there’s a range of performance levels. Some people are top performers and others are not. In Decoding Greatness, I looked at what the top performers in the world are doing differently and how can we all apply their strategies to develop better workplace habits and be more effective at our jobs.”
“There are two big stories we’ve been told about success,” said Friedman. “The first