Dr. Hankel's books have hit #1 on bestseller lists around the world and #1 in multiple Amazon categories. Black Hole Focus debuted as #1 in Business Non-Fiction.

Science of Intelligent Achievement and Black Hole Focus


Black Hole Focus

Black Hole Focus

about the book

Black Hole Focus is a handbook for intelligent people looking for step-by-step guidance in creating a focus so powerful it will transform lives.

Through personal (and sometimes embarrassing) stories, Dr. Isaiah Hankel breaks down the primary driver behind the actions of successful people: focus.

Divided into three parts, Black Hole Focus explains why you need a focus, how to create your focus, and what your newfound focus can do for you in the face of adversity. In Black Hole Focus, you'll also discover...

How to create powerful priorities that will keep you focused and eliminate even the worst distractions (like Facebook!).

The 6 ways to get 10,000 hours of experience in less than a year (chances are, you're already using 2-3 of them).

What 3 skills you must learn for securing your future (skills that automation will never replace).

Why people love Black Hole Focus

Isaiah Hankel has written an absurdly motivating book. In fact, it’s so motivational, I was constantly tempted to put the book down and start getting things done using Hankel’s strategies. It was put-downable in the best possible way. But I always came back for more of Isaiah Hankel’s wisdom—and the wisdom he distills from Einstein, Ben Franklin and even The Shawshank Redemption.

A.J. Jacobs

Author of Four New York Times Bestselling Books; Editor at Large, Esquire Magazine

Isaiah demonstrates a powerful lesson, that we are all masters of our own destiny. His book provides practical and, more importantly, actionable advice on how to reach our most important goals while consistently achieving lifelong career and personal satisfaction.

James Gould, PhD

Director, Harvard Medical School Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

Black Hole Focus is a wake up call for anyone who feels stuck, distracted, or lost in their own life. Isaiah lays out very actionable steps for taking control of your future and setting yourself up for certain victory. This will show you how to think like an entrepreneur and develop the mindset necessary for achieving your biggest dreams.

Lewis Howes

Former Professional Football Player, World Record Holding Athlete, and Host of The School of Greatness

There are many books dedicated to finding our “purpose” in life, but none that lay out the benefits, consequences and crucially *how* you actually find that purpose as clearly as Isaiah does. This book demonstrates a strong correlation between being aligned with our purpose and living longer. So, yes, this really is a matter of life or death.

Shaa Wasmund

Founder of Smarta and Bestselling Author of Stop Talking, Start Doing

The Science of Intelligent Achievement

The Science Of Intelligent Achievement

about the book

Smart Strategies for pragmatic, science-based growth and sustainable achievement.

The Science of Intelligent Achievement teaches you the scientific process of finding success through your most valuable assets:

Divided into three parts, Black Hole Focus explains why you need a focus, how to create your focus, and what your newfound focus can do for you in the face of adversity. In Black Hole Focus, you'll also discover...

Selective focus - how selective are you with who and what you let into your life?

Creative ownership - how dependent are you on others for your happiness and success?

Pragmatic growth - how consistently and practically are you growing daily?

This book will show you how to develop your focus by being very selective with where you spend your mental energy. You will also learn how to stop allowing your happiness and success to be dependent on other people and instead, start taking ownership over your life through creative work. Finally, you will learn the art of changing your life through pragmatic decisions and actions.

Why people love The Science of Intelligent Achievement

Is there anything more boring than traditional self-help books? Thankfully Isaiah has written something untraditional here. The Science of Intelligent Achievement digs beneath the surface of what make measurable growth possible - identifying the patterns, processes and science behind being successful in any field. He does all of this while infusing each chapter with real world examples, humor, and a much needed dose of personal responsibility and hard truth.

Anthony DiMarco

Entrepreneurs' Organization Global Trainer, CEO of the DiMarco Group

The Science of Intelligent Achievement unapologetically slapped me in the face by telling me what common mistakes ‘average’ people do and how these ‘average’ habits and actions are keeping me in a mediocre career and life. There is something fresh and simple about Isaiah’s ability to sugar-coat topics. This books is full of relatable stories and interesting facts that stay with you after you are done reading. I recommend this tough as nails self-help book to anyone who wants to evaluate their direction in life.

Dr. Nick Ross

Senior R&D Engineer at Intel

The Science of Intelligent Achievement is well researched and provides an excellent blueprint to real success. Every page is loaded with sage advice and you will find yourself savoring every morsel of it. You will learn how to live the life of your dreams by eliminating negative people, thoughts, and things that drain your mental energy. Stop being busy, develop focus, get rid of distractions, and master the art of effectiveness by using the free tools Isaiah provides here.

Linda Mitchell

IIN Health Coach, ADP Holistic Health Practitioner, CEO The ChickFit Studio

The key to success is learning the meta-language of learning. Learning how to learn. How to achieve peak performance in a difficult arena of life that requires mastering 100 micro-skills to become among the best in that field. Isaiah Hankel breaks down that meta-language, and shows us how, regardless of our life's mission, to quickly achieve mastery in whatever field of life inspires us.

James Altucher

Author of Choose Yourself
Editor of The Altucher Report
Writer for the Wall Street Journal

The Science of Intelligent Achievement showed me how to take ownership of my life and how to organize and prioritize myself both professionally and personally. Make no mistake, the book is hard hitting makes you face yourself head on. Each chapter practically forces you to start implementing positive and pragmatic changes. The book shows you that it’s never too late to turn things around as long as you’re willing to take personal responsibility for where you are in life.

Dr. Klodjan Stafa

Senior Scientist at Estée Lauder Companies

Reading this book is like a healthy punch in the gut. Many of us "top performers" present externally as having it all, when really, we're miserable inside chasing after someone else's version of success. Isaiah's gripping personal story is a harbinger of what can happen if you fail to listen to the voice inside reminding you of who you really are. His framework of selectivity, ownership, and pragmatism is one I wished I had when I was going through a similar time. If you're ready to reclaim your life, live it according to your own standards, and take back control, you need this book. I dare you to read it and not come out transformed.

Margo Aaron

Former Strategic Planner at Hunter Straker
Founder of That Seems Important

Isaiah’s unique blend of hard-hitting personal development, combined with evidence-based lessons is what makes him and his books so valuable. This may make you feel uncomfortable at times, but that’s why it’s different to so many other books out there. It’s not a passive read but a compelling call to action. If you want to know the secret to selective focus, the importance of creativity and a how to build a daily approach to growth then start with this book. But be warned, this is not for the faint hearted.

Michael Smith, M.B.A.

Author of Go Naked
Founder of Developed Edge

Isaiah has created a brilliant, practical, goal-oriented, scientifically-backed, self-improvement book, suitable for anyone struggling to make the next step in their life or career. His new book has already been pivotal for me in harnessing my mental energy and focus to drive my career forward.

Dr. Yousuf Ali

Medical Science Liaison at Novartis

This is a jam-packed book that is chock-full of actionable and practical advice on the hard truth about what it takes to live a happy and successful life. You won't be able to make excuses for yourself after reading this book.

Ben Greenfield

Founder of Greenfield Fitness Systems
Advisor at EXOS Performance Nutrition