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

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In the popular imagination, being tough means projecting confidence, pushing through pain without complaint, and ignoring soppy emotions.

The kind of toughness that chooses to accept reality, coexists inside of grit and grace, and that is framed fully in the uniqueness of each individual. It’s training the mind to handle uncertainty long enough so that you can nudge or guide your response in the right direction. 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.Both Apple and Google state that they ensure that only users who have actually downloaded the app can submit a review. Throughout the book Magness explains that when we see movie portrayals of military training and read books about SEALs hell week and watch Master Chef and take lessons from Olympic tryouts, we're trying to learn from the wrong part of the cycle. They exist to put people in situations that simulate the toughest parts of what they might face on the job. If you are interested in self-betterment, and/or high performance - then this one needs to be on your to-read list.

I get that sports are as much about the mental game as anything, but just not what I'm really looking for. The author is a performance expert and an elite coach, and in this book, he is showing us that the old model of toughness that was based on fear and hiding weakness is not the model we should be using anymore. He spends time reminding the reader that there are dangers in setting your expectations too low or too high.It’s about making the right choice under stress, uncertainty, and fatigue—this requires emotional control. It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Magness uses a combination of his own experience as a running coach, interviews with elite athletes, and interesting scientific studies to provide a cohesive narrative and strong argument on what real toughness is and how each one of us can harness the tools to Do Hard Things. Turns out what we need is something akin to compassion, self-reflection and emotional awareness… Steve Magness really has flipped the script. I have been a fan of Steve Magness' perspective on Twitter for a long time and respect how he spoke out against Alberto Salazar and left Nike back when that scandal was going down.

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