Paul Sullivan is an expert on two things that cause everyone tremendous stress: making small changes to financial behaviours and decisions that will have a long-lasting impact on their life and performing better under pressure, whether it is on the sports field or in corporate America.
Paul’s new book The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy draws a stark line between the wealthy and everyone else, whether they are rich or poor. It shows the decisions that people can make and the behaviours they can change to put themselves on the right side of that line. He delves into provocative ways to reconsider the only things you can do with money: save it, spend it, give it away or think about it. In a time of increasing income inequality, what he proposes amounts to a template for people to achieve financial security when their friends and colleagues are mired in economic uncertainty.
Chances are you will buy this book for its smart and practical advice about building true wealth. (Seriously, buy it.) But what kept me hooked were the tales of money decisions gone horribly awry: fortunes squandered, kids ruined by inheritances, and rich people made miserable by their riches. Learn from the wise, or learn from the foolish — either way, you win.
— Dan Heath, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick
His first book, Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t was named a Best Business Book of the Year by Strategy + Business. In it, Paul studied and interviewed individuals who have achieved great things under great pressure — in financial crises, war, business, sports, the law, even the stage. He discovered the traits they exercise in their clutch performances — focus, discipline, adaptability, presence, and fear and desire.
Most importantly, he found that the secrets of peak performance under pressure — or in the clutch — can be learned.
His highly-acclaimed book presents his findings along with the stories of the clutch performers themselves at their moment of most fierce challenges and greatest successes:
"Mr. Sullivan has sallied forth with notepad and pen in hand to tell individual stories... [He] takes his examples from sports, business, the military and the stage.He explains right away that there are five traits that help people pull off a clutch performance: focus; discipline, adaptability, presence (i.e., actual involvement in the task at hand), and fear and desire."
— The Wall Street Journal
"Clutch, by New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan, is a well-written examination of what makes a person perform despite stress. It's not luck, he emphasizes; it's "the ability to do what you can do normally under immense pressure."
"Is clutch performance just a fluke? Paul Sullivan, in this terrific book, says no. With the deft touch of a skilled storyteller, he brings us into the minds and souls of people who come through when the stakes are high. Clutch is the ultimate guide to understanding high achievement and to stepping up your own game."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"Everyone knows that it’s difficult to work under intense pressure, but what Paul Sullivan explains so well in this book is that there is a certain art to it that anyone can master. Clutch is an engaging and insightful read that will help you overcome even the toughest challenges."
— Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame Football coach
Paul Sullivan writes the
column for The New York Times. His articles have appeared in Condé Nast's Portfolio, Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, and Food & Wine.
He has been interviewed on numerous radio and televisions programs, including CNN, ESPN as well as NPR, Marketplace, WCBS, and Fox News.
- Columnist, The New York Times
- Formerly, reporter, editor and columnist at the Financial Times
- University of Chicago
- Trinity College