Clutch by Paul Sullivan
Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don't

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"Anyone who feels that they tend to lose their confidence when the stakes are high can glean something from this analysis."
-The Associated Press

Sooner or later everyone encounters a situation in which the stakes are high and the outcome is vital. And even top performers can crumble when faced with such extreme pressure. But then there are the performers who thrive under such conditions. In Clutch, you'll meet:

A skinny sergeant who saved his battalion in Iraq A rookie baseball player who pitched his team into its first World Series A lawyer who struggled in school but became one of the top litigators in America

According to Sullivan, clutch performance does not stem from an innate ability. It's a learned skill-the art of operating in high- stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Even some of the most experienced and talented performers lack this skill-but Sullivan shows that anyone can develop it.


About Paul Sullivan

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PAUL SULLIVAN writes the Wealth Matters column for The New York Times. His articles have appeared in Condé Nast Portfolio, The International Herald Tribune, Barron's, and The Financial Times, where he was a reporter, editor, and columnist. He lives in Stamford, CT with his family.
Published September 2, 2010 by Portfolio. 259 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Wall Street Journal

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Two books investigate the not-so-fine art of choking.

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These people come through in the clutch when others don’t…Just because someone is clutch in one area of his life does not mean he will be clutch in others…Transferring what you can do in a relaxed atmosphere to a tenser one is not easy – or else everyone would be clutch.” That said, we now und...

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New York Journal of Books

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So any definition that says it is, as Sullivan’s does, must be wanting.In fact, it’s obvious to most of us who enjoy clutch performances that what really marks clutch performers is their ability to excel when the pressure goes up, to respond to difficult situations with better-than-normal perform...

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Canadian Business

As he defines it, being “clutch” is having “the fortitude to continue battling … even though the whole world is wondering whether you’re going to choke.” But choking — failing to deliver results when it counts most — isn’t solely a product of pressure, just as being clutch is never about luck.

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Rounding out Soundview Executive Book Summaries’ trio of new business book summaries is Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t by Paul Sullivan.

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