Dark Horse (Hardcover)

Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment

By Todd Rose, Ogi Ogas

HarperOne, 9780062683632, 304pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

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For generations, we've been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better. This "standard formula" works for some people but leaves most of us feeling disengaged and frustrated. As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there's no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life. But what if there is?

In the Dark Horse Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, bestselling author and acclaimed thought leader Todd Rose and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas studied women and men who achieved impressive success even though nobody saw them coming. Dark horses blaze their own trail to a life of happiness and prosperity. Yet what is so remarkable is that hidden inside their seemingly one-of-a-kind journeys are practical principles for achieving success that work for anyone, no matter who you are or what you hope to achieve. This mold-breaking approach doesn't depend on you SAT scores, who you know, or how much money you have. The secret is a mindset that can be expressed in plain English: Harness your individuality in the pursuit of fulfillment to achieve excellence.

In Dark Horse, Rose and Ogas show how the four elements of the dark horse mindset empower you to consistently make the right choices that fit your unique interests, abilities, and circumstances and will guide you to a life of passion, purpose, and achievement.

About the Author

Todd Rose is the director of the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he leads the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality. He is also the cofounder and president of the Center for Individual Opportunity, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging science of the individual. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment

“...shatters our conventional notion of what success is and how to attain it.”
— AMY CUDDY, Social psychologist, bestselling author, and expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice

“Good grades? Optional. Formal training? Meh. This book is a compelling celebration of people who reject the conventional paths to success, achieve it anyway, and find fulfillment along the way.”
ADAM GRANT, New York Times bestselling author of OriginalsGive and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

“...why individuality leads to fulfillment—and, in turn, why fulfillment leads to excellence. Whether you’re already a dark horse or are contemplating breaking from the herd, this book can be your road map for success.”
DAN PINK, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive 

Dark Horse is an ambitious, original work that proposes an entirely new frame for personal and professional development. Thanks to a wondrous cast of characters, it is also a rollicking work of storytelling. Few books have resonated so deeply with me.”
DAVID EPSTEIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance