Charles James Fox was accustomed to say that he hoped more from a man who failed, and yet went on in spite of his failure, than from the buoyant career of the successful. ‘It is all very well,’ said he, ‘to tell me that a young man has distinguished himself by a brilliant first speech. …
The one who puts in twice as many hours as his peers, who studies a little longer and reads a little more, who is a little more observant than the rest and does a little extra on the job, is sure to get ahead.
There are no accidental champions.
The one who stands on the podium, who wins the prize, knows exactly what it took to get there.
Phelps’ 23 Olympic gold medals were not accidental victories, nor were Mohammed Ali or Mike Tyson’s athletic achievements in Boxing, or Ronaldo, Messi, Dani Alves’s decorated football accomplishments in soccer. Nor Serena…
There is an uphill.
A brutal 200 meter 45 degree angle climb of tarred road.
I sprint this uphill.
It beats me every time.
I fear it. But I am not afraid of it.
The goal? To sprint it at 100% capacity.
I get closer every week.
I get stronger every week.
I get faster every week.
These are the words every track athlete has said to themselves at one time or another.
“Dying.” Says Bolt, when he explains what it’s like to train like him. “Everyday you’re just dying.”
On planet earth, there are no accidental champions. The one…
During the War of the Three Kingdoms in 1639, Chuko Lian was in a town with a consort of 100 soldiers while the rest of his army of 20 000 was garrisoned several miles away.
While in the town, Chuko was informed of a large army belonging to his enemy, Sima Yi, approaching with well over 100 000 men.
Sima Yi was a well experienced veteran who had encountered Chuko on many occasions in battle and was well accustomed to Chuko’s clever ways.
Thus, this time, he decided to take no chances, and brought as many soldiers as he could…
Back in the 60s, American ethologist John B. Calhoun conducted a series of behavioral studies of captive mice within a nine-square-foot enclosure.
Within the enclosure known as Universe 25, several pairs of mice were allowed to breed, the conditions were simple:
The study, when completed, confirmed Dr. Calhoun’s existing hypothesis: Overpopulation spawns a breakdown in social functions. That is, overpopulation inevitably leads to extinction.
Though wildly controversial when…
Michael Angelo was once asked by a friend why he lived such a solitary life, his reply was: “Because art is a jealous mistress. She requires the whole man.”
Emerson on the subject said, “If a man has genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.”
“To my wife and my children,” wrote one writer in the preface to his book. “Without whom I would have finished this book 3 years earlier.”
Locke, Da Vinci, Spinoza, Newton, Kant and Kierkegaard also found it necessary to remain single in order to preserve…
Mike Tyson’s trainer Cus D Moto devised a unique solution for the protégé boxer. He reasoned that in order for Mike to retain maximum aggression in the ring, the fifteen-year-old would have to forego sex indefinitely.
And Mike did just that.
For a period of five years he did not have any sexual intercourse.
The pent up aggression and testosterone fueled his workouts with such explosive energy that he was like a caged Pitbull just waiting to tear his opponent’s flesh apart.
During the peak season of his career and as a result of this practice, no one could touch…
Most of us can recall times when, after agreeing to help out with a project, we ended up more involved than we ever intended, vowing that in the future we would say no to such requests.
How does this happen?
Experiments suggest that if you want people to do a big favor for you, start with a small favor first.
In the best-known demonstration of this foot-in-the-door principle, Social psychology researchers posing as safety-drive volunteers asked an ordinary Californian neighbourhood to permit the installation of a huge “Drive Carefully” sign in their front yards. …
The professional writer is an amateur who just didn't quit," says Richard Bach. While “The amateur sits around and waits for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work,” says Stephen King.
One does not need to be good at a thing in order to begin, one just needs to begin.
Whatever book one is writing now, is probably the hardest book to write. Whatever book one just finished writing is probably the hardest book ever written. Whatever book one cannot begin, is probably the hardest book one will ever write.
The secret is to begin…
Michael Jordan’s passion before his games was fueled by the old Olympic gods “Strife” and “Fury”, who also accompanied Ares — the god of war — whenever he prepared for battle.
When Jordan needed an edge, he used them to give him fight for the game. When he was told he was not good enough, he used them. When his team failed to win an important game, he used them. When he sensed a slight jeer of disrespect from an opposing player, he used them.
He would get into this state of mind with the chief aim of totally crushing…
“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” Ben Franklin