’Excellent . . . reveals that high accomplishment has a signature pattern that reoccurs from sport to politics to business to government’ Matthew Syed Michael Barber has spent many years advising governments, businesses and major sporting teams around the world on how to achieve ambitious goals on time. In this inspiring and practical guide he applies the wisdom he has gained from dealing with large, complex organizations and elite athletes to help anyone tackle their most challenging goals. Drawing on the stories of historic visionaries and modern heroes – from Galileo to Rosa Parks, Harold Macmillan to Paula Radcliffe – Barber uses personal anecdote and proven strategy to map the route to success and navigate the difficulties that arise along the way. Whatever it is that you aspire to do – run a marathon, transform a school or provide a business of public service to millions – this book will inspire you to get going and to bridge the gap between hope and reality.