The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back

Flip Flippen is a personable Texan whose philosophy has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people--from business leaders like Jack Welch and Mark McCormack (founder of IMG), to sports figures like Terry Bradshaw and NASCAR drivers, to the 150,000 people who trained with his company, The Flippen Group, in 2005. His approach is deceptively simple:

What if, instead of focusing on the things you already do well, you knew how to honestly identify your weaknesses...those habitual behaviors that continually get in your way and prevent you from ever really succeeding in the way you know you could. It's these weaknesses, your "personal constraints," that are really holding you back from success. If you could correct these behaviors, you'd see a dramatic surge in productivity and a real improvement in all aspects of your life. That's the key to Flip Flippen's program: he teaches hundreds of thousands of people each year how to identify their personal obstacles and take the necessary steps to overcome them.

The vast majority of Flip's trainees are in midlife. These are people who find themselves asking, "How can I accomplish more in my life, both personally and professionally?" and "How can I get better/go further/be happier in the time I have left?" His Personal Constraint Theory helps them zero in on their primary self-sabotaging behavior and actually turn it into their greatest asset.

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By Larissa (London, H9, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · May 16, 2011
What would hold you back?
Well, according to Flippen, there are certain behaviours that work as "killer constraints" and hold you back. He describes the top 10 types as follows:

1- Bulletproof (overconfident)
People that are under this constraint are usually opinionated, hard to admit fault and reac... ...more
By Tam (Lockhart, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · February 26, 2015
It was a good self-help book, but I thought the character traits or personal constraints were too similar. I also couldn't find a guide to what my scores meant. I wanted a more definite road map than I was given. In other books or other psychologists have identified these personal constraints as... ...more
By Teepet (77840-950) · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 22, 2012
Some of the reviews mention that this book is "a little too self-helpish at some points" I'm having difficulty finding a point where it isn't. He spends two whole pages talking about a time when he and his sons were out hiking and came across a bunch of hot air balloons taking off, but there was... ...more
By Jenn (Beaverton, OR) · ★★★★☆ · January 27, 2008
This book is about identifying what the author calls your "killer constraints" - standard behaviors people have that generally hold them back in all areas of their lives. I thought this book was well organized - intro to the idea of "killer constraints" and short descriptions / quizzes on each of... ...more
By Candy (Lafayette, LA) · July 19, 2009
I attended a Flippen Leadership training in May. So many things spoke to me. I wished all my teachers could attend. Then a few weeks later I attended Capturing Kids' Hearts, also a Flippen training. By the end of those three days, I was a sheep. My teachers who attended wished all the teachers on... ...more
By Jeremy (Western Springs, IL) · ★★★★☆ · March 08, 2009
This book was recommended to be by the Alabama softball coach because he felt it did a great job of summing up the different personality issues we run into as coaches. I'd take that a step farther and say that you'll find yourself in this book, and you'll also identify a lot of people in your lif... ...more
By R (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · December 18, 2009
Husby always gets assigned great enrichment books to read for his career as a public school administrator, so i decided this year to take advanatge of those resources and benefit from them myself! i'm a homemaker, but anytime i can learn some self-improvement, i'm all for it. besides, it gives me... ...more
By Kimberley (Woodway, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · January 19, 2015
I had to read this for work. It was a quick and easy read. Interesting food for thought and nice allegories. Not life changing but thought provoking at least. ...more
By Kate (New York, NY) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 20, 2008
I'm trying to read self-help books written by a variety pf authors, just to expand my horizons, and I saw an ad for this book on the subway (which should have given me some pause, alas...). It claimed it could teach me to overcome the behaviors that hold me back, except that I found the book terr... ...more
By James (Soldotna, AK) · ★★★★☆ · November 18, 2009
Pg 36, "Ultimately this book is about winning. By winning I don't mean that you compete in races or make the most money. I mean that you become your personal best. That you win at being you-the best you there is."
This is a self help book that identifies and helps you to manage your OPC, "Overcomi... ...more