Title Superconductors
Subtitle Revolutionize Your Career and Make Big Things Happen
Author Derek Loudermilk
ISBN 9780749482367
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 224
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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 “This book will help you to get better at developing high-value relationships with people who can help you to grow your career - which are invaluable skills in the new economy.”

—John Corcoran, former Clinton White House Writer, Attorney, and co-founder of Rise25, LLC


“If you want to live a life of adventure and accomplishment, Derek Loudermilk’s Superconductors is a book you must read.”

—Mark Levy, author of Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content


“If you are interested in optimizing your life including how you make money working for you and not against you, this book is for you!”

—Nathalie Savell, Coach and Virtual Summit Host


“This is how you build and maintain relationships the right way.”

—Tyler Wagner, Publisher, Bestselling Author and Business Relationship Expert


Superconductors is a great combination of the practical, the theoretical and the narrative. Derek Loudermilk has beautifully pulled together the insights he’s gleaned from not only the 100s of interviews he’s done with the Art of Adventure podcast but also applied his life experience as an elite athlete, scientist, coach and entrepreneur into one package. Love it.”

—Jono Lineen, award winning author and Curator at National Museum of Australia


The steady career path is a thing of the past: disruption is here to stay. You need to be able to keep learning, growing and reinventing yourself to stay valuable in the midst of this change. Those who succeed in this new world will be the ones who have skills that are always in demand and cannot be replaced. Creativity, charisma, confidence, constant learning, storytelling, adaptability and tribe building are the keys to having a thriving professional life and turning ideas into reality. Superconductors is your treasure trove of exclusive interviews and hands-on self-development exercises to inspire you and push you into action. Derek Loudermilk brings together some of the best minds to coach you on every skill, including entrepreneurs, podcasters, venture capitalist experts, human behaviour hackers, journalists and digital storytellers. Michael Margolis, Vanessa Van Edwards, Derek Muller, Jason Zook, Linda Rottenburg are just some of the people giving you original insights and advice to help you form your own path.

If you’re ambitious and you want to carve your place in this chaotic, but exciting, new world of work then you need to be a superconductor: you need to have the creative energy, the ability to build great networks and the charisma to make big things happen. Whether you want to live as a digital nomad, an entrepreneur or be a formidable force in your chosen industry, Superconductors gives you the unique insight and hands-on tools to be the best you can be.




Chapter 1: Revolutionize your career • Connectional intelligence • The Matrix moment • Career strategy: What leads to a career you love? • Skill stacking • Beware invisible scripts • The biggest thing you have ever done • Power: How to get it • Double down on what’s working • The power of the interview • Avoid shiny object syndrome • Say yes, then no • What the market wants • Imagine you are hiring • Your relationship with money • Ambition • Accessing networks • Complementing others • Embrace uncertainty • The adventure mindset • Conclusion: There is only one YOU • Works cited

Chapter 2: Build a strong foundation • Mental foundations • Energy foundations • Credibility foundations • Conclusion • Works cited

Chapter 3: Optimizing your creativity • A creative adventure • The beginners • Separate the generation and evaluation of ideas • Creative confidence • Creative teams • Constrain your thinking • Movement and creativity • Solve your own problems • Showing up • Creativity is powerful • Works cited

Chapter 4: Do your best work • What this chapter is about • What my best work looked like five years ago • What is the most important work? • Determining prolific quality output • Meaning and motivation • Deep work • Grit • Morning routine • Daily schedule • Example: How I approach my workday while travelling • Biological cycles and recovery • Eliminate distractions • Should you quit social media? • How do people end up passionate about their work? • Training your focus • Intention • Flow states • Cognitive misers • Showing up • Collaboration • Saying no • Delegate • Invest now in saving your time later • Conclusion • Works cited

Chapter 5: Accelerate your learning • How I approached learning sales as a skill • Have a reason for learning • Deliberate practice • Embrace the struggle • Deconstruction • Topic immersion • Mentors • Getting good feedback • Progressive mastery • An MIT computer science degree in one year • Learning and biology • Memory palaces • The importance of recall • Linking to remember names • Spaced repetition • Sleep: Lock in the knowledge • Commonplace books • Derek Sivers’ directives • Visualization and rehearsal • Chapter summary • Works cited

Chapter 6: Telling your story • Wired for story • The stories you tell yourself • Telling a good story in person • Using stories when doing an interview • Elevator pitch • Public speaking • Contrast while speaking • Storytelling online • Common ground storylines • Tell powerful stories • The chocolate secret • Your about page and bio • Your audience is the hero of your story • Conclusion • Works cited

Chapter 7: Portraying your best self: the science of charisma and confidence • Why developing charisma is an important skill • What is charisma and who has it? • How charisma affects success • Elements of charisma • Body language components • Voice • Posture • Hands and touch • Create an internal state of charisma • Managing your internal state • Eliminating barriers to charisma • Great first impressions • Confidence • International body language • Works cited

Chapter 8: Strategic relationships • The experts featured in this chapter • Strategic relationships • Maximizing your effort – meeting superconnectors • Have a clear goal and get in the right room • How many relationships should you aim for? • Your network gives you options • Connecting with people online • Relationship building example: moving to a new country • How to take advantage of Facebook groups • How I use podcasting as a relationship-building tool • Preparing for conferences or events • What to do if you are nervous about meeting people • Curating experiences and events • Starting a new relationship • Tools to enhance your relationship building • The art of asking – let people help you • How to turn relationships into business opportunities • How I networked my way into graduate school • Conclusion • Works cited

Chapter 9: Think big • Crazy is a compliment • Leverage • You don’t have to see all the steps • Build conviction • You need a team • Find out where your vision is limited • Planning big • Planning your skills • Understand worst-case scenarios • Who is your dream for? • Getting more from your dreams • Help other people dream big • Highlight the bright spots • What social level are your dreams? • Should you share your dreams? • Own your awesome • The ‘What if?’ game • Conclusion • Works cited

Chapter 10: Fun and games • The value of delight • Excitement pulls you forward • Play as part of our humanness • Play in science and innovation • Strategic play • Fun created Walmart • The happiness of pursuit • Gamification • The importance of healthy competition • Crowdsourced innovation • A framework for thinking • Gamification as a personal tool • Your life as a sport • Play and flow • Conclusion • Works cited


About the Author:

Derek Loudermilk is a serial US entrepreneur, business coach and international speaker. A dedicated professional adventurer and digital nomad, he is also the host of the Art of Adventure Podcast and the Uncharted Family Podcast.

Target Audience:

A thoughtful read for people interested in Management.


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