The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance By Alex Hutchinson

The Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance

Excerpts:

New research suggests that even weekend athletes can dramatically extend their physical and psychological limits

By Alex Hutchinson

… All of us, it turns out, are capable of pushing back the physical and psychological limits that we encounter at the gym, on the trails and in our sporting adventures.

The feeling that you can go no further is just that – a feeling. And feelings can be changed.
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Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

Eight Rejection Letters That Will Inspire You To Not Give Up – BBC

8 rejection letters that will inspire you to not give up  

Excerpts from the page:

U2’s Rejection Letter

“Thank you for submitting your tape of ‘U2’…”

U2 were given the generic refusal letter treatment by RSO Records after Bono (Paul Hewson)  mailed the London based label a demo tap in 1979. “We have listened with careful consideration,” the label’s Alexander Sinclair said, and we’ll never known whether that’s actually true. Either way, Mr. Sinclair must be kicking himself now.

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Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

Science-Tested Tips to Be a Better Person by Christian Miller

We Can Encourage Our Better Angels

Social science points to several ways we can be more virtuous people

Role Models. Role models can help us see the world in a new way. They can be some of the people closest to us – my role models include my parents and my college roommate.

Or they can be people we don’t know, such as the Polish sewer worker Leopold Socha, who saved 10 Jews from the Nazis by protecting them underground for more than a year. They can even be examples from stories, like the good Samaritan or the bishop who forgives Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.”

Role models reshape our imagination, serve as great sources of wisdom and advice, and perhaps most important, inspire us to change our lives and become better people.

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Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should

…But when people are asked about their countries, they switch from Pollyanna to Eeyore: everyone else is miserable, they insist, and the world is going to hell in a handcart.

This disconnect originates in the nature of news. News is about what happens, not what doesn’t happen, so it features sudden and upsetting events like fires, plant closings, rampage shootings and shark attacks.

Most positive developments are not camera-friendly, and they aren’t built in a day.

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Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Biographies of Famous Writers Show That Even Brilliant Careers Suck Sometimes by C. Purtill

Excerpts:

[The author of this work describes having written biographies of many famous authors, and he noticed after having written several of them, that there were gaps in their biographies]

…We live in a time of productivity and deliverables, when anything other than relentless upward movement in a career can be cause for self-excoriating anxiety.

But stretches of failure, disappointment, and obscurity are part of every life, even posthumously celebrated ones. The facts of some authors’ biographies make it hard to imagine that their lives felt as special at the time as their work has proved to be since.

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The Secrets of Resilience by Meg Jay

The Secrets of Resilience by M. Jay

The Secrets of Resilience

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What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods

Does early hardship in life keep children from becoming successful adults? It’s an urgent question for parents and educators, who worry that children growing up in difficult circumstances will fail to reach their full potential, or worse, sink into despair and dysfunction.

….When the researchers asked these resilient adults how they understood their own success in retrospect [especially given their difficult childhoods], the majority reported that their most important asset was determination.

I am a fighter – I am determined – I will survive,” said one woman who made her way out of an abusive childhood. “I give it 100% before I give up. I will never lose hope.”

… And another who became an aerospace engineer put it this way: “I don’t let problems take control. I just pick myself up and start all over – you can always try again.”

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Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

Beatrix Potter, Work Rejected, Self-Published “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Now a Bestseller for All Time

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….Long before she became a popular published author, Beatrix developed a particular talent for scientific illustration by drawing and exploring fungi. In 1896, she wrote a paper on fungi reproduction titled “On the Germination of the Spores of Agaricaceae,” which, unfortunately, was rejected by the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A year later, George Masse, a fungi expert from Kew gardens in London, presented her work to the Linnean Society of London, a place where Beatrix, being a woman, was not permitted to present it herself. Nevertheless, scientists today recognize and appreciate her contribution to mycology.

The male members of the scientific milieu in England were not the only ones who ignored Beatrix’s aspirations. Her family also disapproved, believing that a proper, respectable lady must eventually marry and certainly mustn’t work.

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