Reviews

Praise for Taming Tigers

‘The antidote to self-help’

Richard Dunwoody, Horseracing legend and polar explorer

‘A shrewd, inspiring and practical blueprint for anyone determined to find greater and deeper satisfactions in life’

Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
‘Engaging, challenging, inspiring and hilarious . . . a practical, compelling model for achieving results’
Gary Hoffman, Group Vice-Chairman, Barclays Bank ‘
‘Truly inspirational and more importantly 100% effective’
Phil Boyle, General Manager, BT Major Business
‘Challenging and inspiring’
Ian Dyson, Finance Director, Marks and Spencer plc
‘Thought provoking, empowering and entertaining’
Mike Green, Deputy Group Finance Director, ITV plc

Taming Tigers Reviews

I saw Jim speak at a conference a few years ago. This book provides even more insight than would have been possible during a 60 minute keynote.
What he shares is a no nonsense and grounded assessment without pretending that it is easy. It is hugely refreshing and so different from a lot of other books.
The 10 rules are presented in a highly engaging and entertaining way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or aspires to be successful.

Amazon reviewer

You don’t have to do something out of the ordinary – like becoming a jockey in a year, or breaking the UK Free Diving record – to benefit from knowing how to tame your tigers, we all can learn how to write our stories by enjoying this fabulous book and the lessons therein.

Amazon reviewer

A very readable book which inspires you to act, not just be. It reminds us that our life stories are ours to write, something we often fail to appreciate. It is easy to identify the ‘tiger’ in so many day-to-day situations, roaring in the shadows, justifying the don’t, can’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t possibly, what would others think?, better not, what if” trains of thought. Even if the tiger has its desired effect sometimes, and I listen to its warning roar, I am at least aware of its presence and my choice not to act, not to write my own next chapter. As a family, we often refer to the tiger and by simply identifying it, we are able to confront it and take some of those scary big decisions in life, which are often the most exciting and enriching.
Once read, even if at times it makes for uncomfortable reflections on our life’s course to date, Taming Tigers forces you to ‘own’ your life story – your script. The tiger is ever-present, but our belief in our own ability to disempower it grows each time we decide to face it.

Amazon reviewer

Jim Lawless has been there and done it. He’s tested his principles in 2 major challenges. I’ve read tons of so called inspirational books but this one goes the extra mile (if not 1000 miles). Sometimes, I have read a good book and thought that I’d like to re-read it again a few years later. With this one, as soon as I finished it, I went right back to page 1 and started again as there was so much great stuff to take in. This book should be compulsory reading in every high school.

Amazon reviewer

I have read many books to do with changing the way you think, dealing with depression and how to deal with problems. This book is very honest and pragmatic and does not promise the world. It teaches you how to deal with your fears (those tigers) and how to get out of the mental rut that so many of us are in. This book explains that even if you do not achieve your dreams, by following its ten rules, you will have moved on and will be able to deal with life in a much more positive and effective way. I feel as if a ‘cranial cataract’ has been removed from my brain. I thoroughly recommend it.

Amazon reviewer

A well written book giving principles easy to understand but harder to use. Relying on many case study and two major ones following along the book giving true and amazing examples.

Goodreads.com reviewer

Taming Tigers is not a typical self-help book for instant success. Jim Lawless is not a motivational speaker, but practiced his lessons himself. He won a bet to learn ride a horse like a real jockey and compete in a televised race within 12 months. And he became the first British free diver to descent to 101 meters below surface in a single breathe. Taming Tigers is the antidote to ‘self-help’ and a highly practical approach to overcoming fear.

Goodreads.com reviewer

I’ve read some of the so-called ‘Success’ Books. This one is much more than a Success book.
This book doesn’t offer empty-promises and quick-fixes. The most positive aspect of these book is that it is clear in its ideas and written in a lucid language. The principles written in this book have been implemented and proved by the author himself(who is not a sportsperson), who has achieved some significant feats like breaking a British record for a sport!!. It deals with the ‘Tiger’ a metaphor for the fear everybody feels while doing something heroic in their lives.
I would highly recommend this book for people who want you take their lives to a new level!

Goodreads.com reviewer

This book is a must read for every person and entrepreneur who has dreams and goals, money wise, career wise, other….. You should get this book. This book changed my life, and I put it on #1 of my books.

Goodreads.com reviewer

Very practical book in its genre. A must read for serious folks who really want to do something and write an incredible story of their lives.

Goodreads.com reviewer

Jim Lawless - Taming Tigers Books

Voted 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

About Taming Tigers

Everybody has a Tiger: the evolutionary survival instinct that makes humans wary of uncertainty, change and risk.

But without facing that uncertainty, change and risk we lose our growth and progress we are unable to write our unique and powerful story.

In Taming Tigers, Jim Lawless introduces the reader to their Tiger and explains ten practical Rules for recognizing and overcoming this universal human experience.

The Ten Rules are tried and tested – and not only by high performing individuals and companies around the world. The author tested the principles himself by becoming a Jockey in 12 months and taking the British freediving record, becoming the first Briton to dive deeper than 101m on a breath.

Jim’s experiences in testing the Rules himself are woven through his explanation of the Rules – as are case studies from people who, after following the ten rules, have changed their lives or their company. From the CEO who turned Northern Rock around to a courageous front line nurse and a US Naval Officer.

Ten Rules

About Taming Tigers

Everybody has a Tiger: the evolutionary survival instinct that makes humans wary of uncertainty, change and risk.

But without facing that uncertainty, change and risk we lose our growth and progress we are unable to write our unique and powerful story.

In Taming Tigers, Jim Lawless introduces the reader to their Tiger and explains ten practical Rules for recognizing and overcoming this universal human experience.

The Ten Rules are tried and tested – and not only by high performing individuals and companies around the world. The author tested the principles himself by becoming a Jockey in 12 months and taking the British freediving record, becoming the first Briton to dive deeper than 101m on a breath.

Jim’s experiences in testing the Rules himself are woven through his explanation of the Rules – as are case studies from people who, after following the ten rules, have changed their lives or their company. From the CEO who turned Northern Rock around to a courageous front line nurse and a US Naval Officer.

Ten Rules

Philosophy

Our stories all have different beginnings. But there comes a point when we can seize the pen and write our story.

Taming Tigers doesn’t offer short cuts or quick fixes. It offers everything you need to find the desire, confidence and courage to do things you never thought you could.

To test Taming Tigers, Jim went from overweight consultant to televised jockey in a year and he has entered the record books as the first Briton to free dive below 100m.

The Ten Rules have been used in companies from San Francisco to Bangkok, from Apple to Virgin.

Now it’s your turn.

How To Buy

Listen to Jim reading Taming Tigers
for you on Audible!

Philosophy

Our stories all have different beginnings. But there comes a point when we can seize the pen and write our story.

Taming Tigers doesn’t offer short cuts or quick fixes. It offers everything you need to find the desire, confidence and courage to do things you never thought you could.

To test Taming Tigers, Jim went from overweight consultant to televised jockey in a year and he has entered the record books as the first Briton to free dive below 100m.

The Ten Rules have been used in companies from San Francisco to Bangkok, from Apple to Virgin.

Now it’s your turn.

How To Buy

Listen to Jim reading Taming Tigers
for you on Audible!

Meet Jim Lawless

Jim Lawless is a leading authority on AQ: learning new AdaptAbility skills to deliver bold, fast change. He also works with senior leaders to build cultures in which others can grow their AQ to deliver the plan – and for life!

Jim has contributed to bold, fast change in global organisations, government, Olympic teams and business schools for two decades. He has inspired and educated over half a million people on five continents through his mindset- shifting keynotes and more through his bestselling book, Taming Tigers.

Jim has tested and developed the AQ skills personally. He adapted to become a televised jockey within a year of starting to ride and to become Britain’s deepest Freediver in just 8 months of training. Both done alongside his day job – a key element of Adaptability.

Currently studying Neuroscience at King’s College London, Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and practiced as a commercial solicitor in the City of London before moving into industry.

He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in recognition of his business writing and is the author of the bestselling book ‘Taming Tigers’ (Random House).

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