The Success Myth

The Success Myth

Our obsession with achievement is a trap. This is how to break free


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Emma Gannon had everything she'd longed for: a string of successful books to her name, a thriving portfolio career, speaking engagements around the world... She was also burned out and confused at why she felt unhappy, yet still striving for more.

After taking a deep look at her own journey, and interviewing many other successful people on her podcast Ctrl, Alt, Delete, she has realised that our overly celebrated and traditional version of success is making us lonely, unfulfilled and dispirited. Now she has worked out a way to do things differently.

Exploring the most commonly held myths about what it traditionally means to be successful, from money to happiness to ticking society's ready-made boxes, The Success Myth will give you the belief and tools to walk away from 'having it all'. A manifesto to craft work (and life) on your own terms, it encourages you to be honest about what truly sparks your interests, and helps to uncover your individual path to a truly fulfilling life, whatever that may look like.

©2023 Emma Gannon (P)2023 Penguin Audio


  • A highly comforting book which - while not minimizing the pressures that we're all under to achieve - nevertheless gently reminds us that it is what we are, not what we do, that will always ultimately count.
    Alain de Botton, founder of The School of Life

About the author

Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon is a Sunday Times bestselling author, broadcaster, speaker, novelist and creator of the no. 1 careers podcast in the UK, Ctrl Alt Delete. She has been a columnist for The Times, Telegraph and Courier magazine.

Emma has published five bestselling books to date, including The Multi-Hyphen Method; Sabotage and Disconnected.

Emma writes a popular weekly newsletter called The Hyphen that is an exploration of ideas that have got her thinking in new ways.

In 2018, she was selected in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in media and is proud to be an ambassador for The Princes Trust and World Literacy Foundation.
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