What’s your best practice made of? Novak Djokovic, top-ranked player in the world, gives us a peek at his recipe. (Click ahead to 1:05 for the best moments.) It includes:
1) Smallness: it focuses only on a few targeted qualities — improving touch, agility, and the ability to disguise shots.
2) Intensity: full-effort reaching, clear results.
3) Game-ishness: …
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No matter what talent you’re building, resilience is a big factor; perhaps the factor. Defined as the ability to recover from adversity; resilience is the ultimate killer app because it allows us to adapt, to learn, to turn setbacks into progress.
The mystery is, where does it come from? How is it developed? And perhaps most …
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Because just completing a triathlon isn’t enough (apparently).
Four years ago David Boone was a homeless 15-year-old sleeping on a park bench in Cleveland, Ohio. This fall he’ll be entering Harvard.
His is the kind of heroic story that would seem over-the-top in a movie, if it didn’t happen to be real: David used his book-bag as a pillow, studied in train stations, figured …
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We usually think of our imaginations as idea-fountains: wellsprings of creativity.
What’s interesting, though, is how often imagination is used by highly successful performers in their practice techniques. These people channel the fountain’s energy in a very particular way: they use their imagination to build a sensory template for the action they want to learn, speeding …
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Here’s the thing no one tells you about writing books: you spend a fair amount of time feeling kinda clueless.
I realize, you’re not supposed to say that. Writing a book is supposed to be a confident sequence of a-ha moments, that feeling of unstoppable creative momentum some writers like to call “taking dictation from God.” …
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I was flipping through The Art of Fielding the other day (which is super-great, and just out in paperback). It’s about a few seasons in the life of a small-college baseball team and its unlikely star, Henry Skrimshander.
I was struck by how accurately and beautifully author Chad Harbach depicts the way a person grows their …
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I love this for a lot of reasons, especially for Sendak’s thoughts about the unmistakable feeling of doing good work at the 2-min mark. But really, the whole thing is worth watching.
“It’s sublime, to go into another room and make pictures. It’s magic time, where all your weaknesses of character, the blemishes of your personality, …
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Last night my lovely bride and I snuck out to the movies at Cleveland’s old Capitol Theater. Screen 1 showed a preview of the colossal whiz-bang new Avengers movie (we weren’t invited, naturally).
Screen 2, however, showed a movie about a real person with actual superpowers. His name is Jiro Ono, and he’s built himself into …
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Much of the research about learning and the brain could be distilled into a few simple words:
Mistakes are good. Struggle makes you smarter.
When it comes to applying this lesson to our lives, the problem is not with the science, but rather with our powerful natural aversion to mistakes and struggle.
Try as we might to convince …
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