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December 2018

Rafi Papazian: From Baker to Ironman Athlete

By |2018-12-12T08:06:36+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Ironman athletes are considered to be the strongest and most endurant human beings, always pushing the limits. But what does it really take to be an Ironman and what kind of mindset does one need to cultivate to perform in that level? My conversation this week is with Rafi Papazian, an Ironman athlete, a [...]

1-min Read: Explicit vs Implicit Brain

By |2018-11-12T12:53:51+00:00December 10th, 2018|

Imagine you’re at a party, holding a glass of red wine filled to the brim. To your horror, you realize that to greet the host you have to cross an extremely expensive white carpet. So what do you do? Probably, you’ll slow down and focus on each and every step. But why? It’s important to [...]

1-min Read: How Motivation By Association Works

By |2018-11-12T12:49:43+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

When it comes to the world of professional golf, for a long time South Korea was not really on the map. However, after South Korean golfer Se Ri Pak won the LPGA Championship in 1998, the number of South Koreans on the LPGA tour multiplied. This is not a coincidence. When people find a similarity [...]

November 2018

1-min Read: Intensive practice changes the way your brain works

By |2018-11-12T12:39:32+00:00November 26th, 2018|

One of the most impressive manifestations of the power of practice can be seen in table tennis player Desmond Douglas. For a long time, he was the top player in the UK, famous for his lightning-fast reactions. Yet, when scientists ran tests on the reaction speeds of all the English national team players, Douglas turned [...]

1-min Read: The Influence of Your Mindset On your Physical State

By |2018-11-28T12:11:13+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Right before a competition, top athletes go to great lengths to convince themselves that they will win. This is true even if the athlete in question has just suffered a string of defeats. To an external observer, this kind of conviction may seem irrational. But in fact, the point of this conviction is not its [...]