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 fails in sport, where athletes who fall for the old model play out of fear, leading to worse performance. If you set an unrealistic goal – say, doing a hundred push-ups a day when you’re not in shape – and you fail to meet that goal, you have to lower the bar.

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. Our definition of toughness has, unfortunately, revolved around a belief that the toughest individuals have thick skin, fear nothing, constrain emotions, and hide vulnerability. They exist to put people in situations that simulate the toughest parts of what they might face on the job.

The topics range from capacity, training, focus, mindfulness, emotion, thoughts, feelings, framing, inner voices, etc. As I wrote for another review this year, I try to pick up at least one self-help guidance book every year and try to incorporate at least one key take away from it in my life.

Throughout the book Magness discusses not only dealing with physical pain and barriers but with mental barriers to performance.Steve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a graduate degree from George Mason University. Satisfying our basic needs is the fuel that allows us to put to work all of the tools we’ve developed to be tough. Turns out what we need is something akin to compassion, self-reflection and emotional awareness… Steve Magness really has flipped the script. 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. This section of the book deals with learning to know when and how to push through certain situations.

So if you’ve said that learning Icelandic will take you six months max, but it’s six months in and you’re still struggling with basic grammar, you’re likely to give up. I initially read this book to gain insights for my own distance running journey, and to consider how Magness's ideas relate to Jesus's/the Bible's view of toughness.However, the roadmap we were given to overcome life’s challenges and tribulations is oftentimes not grounded in reality. This book runs through a lot of topics around toughness and busts the myth of suppressing and ignoring negative emotions and tough situations. The writing is broken into well-defined chapters, and each chapter into segmented writing with relevant headers at the top. If you teach someone to work hard when they're showered in praise, what do you think happens when you're not there to hand out the stickers? We want our perception of the difficulty of a challenge and our ability to handle it to be realistic and overlap.



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