Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

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Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness

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It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Really enjoyed the 3rd pillar, as i feel like i conquered being more present to my surrounding when i was in my college years, but have recently now have had more distractions and not embracing the feeling of the run.

For too long, our definition of toughness revolved around a belief that the toughest individuals are ones who have thick skin, fear nothing, constrain any emotional reaction, and hide all signs of vulnerability. What’s the X factor that allows one smart, innovative thinker to found a company or invent a product that makes waves, while their equally smart, innovative peer makes barely a ripple? Author Steve Magness is a world-renowned expert on performance, coauthor of Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, and The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, and the author of The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance. What does a child who was taught to follow the rules unquestioningly out of fear do when a parent isn’t there to dictate his behavior? This was not the final Toughness Maxim in the book but like the first one that I quoted this one really summed everything up for me, “Purpose is the fuel that allows you to be tough.It shows how traditional markers of toughness, like putting on a brave face and pushing past pain, can actually hinder physical and mental performance outcomes in the long term. It stalls the jump from difficulty to complete despair, from fear and anxiety to full-blown freak out. The existing model that has become ubiquitous in today’s world is this notion of pushing through adversities of extremes—forcing ourselves to endure pain and hardships. The introduction of the book uses stories to remind us of the definition of toughness that many of us have been brought up to believe.

Steven Magness is a performance scientist and executive coach, who specializes in working with Olympic athletes. Our definition of toughness has, unfortunately, revolved around a belief that the toughest individuals have thick skin, fear nothing, constrain emotions, and hide vulnerability. Throughout the book Magness discusses not only dealing with physical pain and barriers but with mental barriers to performance. In each section of the book there are “Toughness Maxim’s”, which are the quotes that you could use to summarize the sections.This book would be great for coaches or parents looking to find ways to foster toughness and grit in their players/kids. There are lots of additional approaches (Buddhism for example) that readers may want to explore in addition to the helpful ideas here.



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