In the search of greatness

Great athletes break the mold. They’re not just gifted. They get creative in the arena, using their intuition and imagination to do things never seen before on stage. The same genius can be said for select actors, musicians, scientists, thinkers and the like. In the fortchoming documentary In Search of Greatness, director Gabe Polsky takes […]

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Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona’s Guardiola years

Watching FC Barcelona from 2008 to 2012 was like watching a performance art piece. The way coach and former Barcelona player Josep “Pep” Guardiola had the Blaugrana pass and move, with the added dynamics of Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta was just extraordinary. “I don’t like it when a player says, ‘I like freedom; I want […]

Nike’s new ad for Serena Williams will set you dreaming

Nike’s new advertisement reveals home-video of a nine-year-old Serena Williams practicing tennis with her father. If you don’t dare to try and chase your dreams, you’ll rob yourself the joy of doing it. Don’t just dream it. Serena Williams One day we’ll be able to turn our dreams into movies we can watch when we wake […]

Designing the official World Cup ball

Every four years Adidas redesigns the official ball for the World Cup. This year’s ball is called The Telstar 18, a perfect sphere that designed to reduce wobbling. The Telstar 18, the design for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is as close to a perfect sphere as you can get. It has subtle pimples […]

An Olympian’s guide to managing stress

When you aim for the donut hole, you’ll certainly miss it. The obsession with victory backfires. Says Olympic biathlete Clare Egan on hitting the last of five targets: “‘If I hit this, I’ll win the gold medal’ — as soon as you have that thought, you’re definitely going to miss it. That extra push or […]

How to unthink

Knowledge can be a hindrance. The more we know, the more likely we’re to hesitate in times of execution. So the overthinking basketball player misses a wide-open layup, the tennis player misses an easy return, or the painter or writer can’t seem to get their inspiration to convert on a blank canvas. Stalling is a […]

Rock climber Alex Honnold demonstrates how to dance with fear

The amygdala is the prehistoric part of our brain responsible for controlling fear and pleasure. It tells us when to flee from a dangerous situation such as when we see a lion in the jungle; it also encourages us to seek more of something whether that be social media likes or sex. But legendary solo […]

How to build up and sustain intrinsic motivation

The thing about cliches is that sometimes they’re true. Take this one for instance: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Competition is the quickest way to demotivate yourself. You may enjoy excelling, but you will realize the game is really within yourself to achieve greater personal growth. According to career analyst Dan Pink, there are […]

Studying woodpeckers is helping prevent brain trauma

“When you’re hit on the football field, parts of your brain may fizz like a just-opened can of soda.” The brain released humans from the prison of biology. So why do we do anything that damages our ability to think? Because of sports like football that entertain. However, a new technology designed to mimic a woodpecker’s […]

Is Escape to Victory the best football movie of all-time?

Before he released Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone played goalie for the Allied Prisoners of War in the 1981 soccer (football) movie Escape to Victory along with fellow Hollywood star Michael Kaine and football legends Pele, Bobby Moore, and Ossie Ardeles. It’s considered by some to be “the greatest football movie ever made.” Pairing world-class athletes […]

Into the Known/Unknown

A lot of people want success but don’t want all the responsibilities that come with it. Responsibilities often include leadership, dedication, teaching, and management. High expectations test the desire to go further. People may back down to maintain the familiarity of the status quo. But you’re actually better off saying yes to advancement and figuring […]

7 articles to read this weekend (World Cup Edition)

The World Cup starts next week. Below are some recent articles talking about the beautiful game. 1. Soccer’s Etymology Despite its British origins, Americans get a bad rap for using the word ‘soccer’ “These people have conveniently forgotten, or they don’t realize, that the word soccer originated in England,” and is thought to be associated […]

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

I can’t think of any way to get better at anything without repeating it again and again. Repetition hooks the mind, enabling the subconscious to take responsibility over your actions. But it also helps to enjoy what you’re practicing. Excellence occurs when practice feels like playing, so much that the real work or live games […]

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