Dan John: Wandering Weights, Our Epic Journey Through All Things Heavy, Issue # 13
If you want to coach or if you want to be an elite athlete, you must learn through the mistakes—and successes—of others. My buddy Grey played 13 seasons in the NFL, and he told me that no matter what the outcome, NFL games come down to just five plays. It’s worth studying this because success in life might simply be a small “win” that puts you in the right place at the right time for the rest of your career. This analysis of some factors in the Super Bowl loss is a good one.
On the other hand, we're hearing very little about how anybody WON the game. This article about Tom Brady opens the doors of how to think at the top levels of sports.
If all of this is too complex, James Clear sums up success by describing how Jerry Rice became the greatest receiver in the history of football. All three articles hint around the same kind of thing: preparation.
I don’t talk about basketball very often, but I thought this story about Kyle Korver was amazing. I just like the whole thing. I'd suggest NOT thinking that much under pressure. Kyle used to be with the Jazz, and his current team is doing very well.
The highest levels of sport are no longer in punch/counterpunch mode. For insights onhow we cut the decision loop, this article is pretty good. I’m a big fan of the books they list if you want to dive deeper, but you'll get the bulk of what you need from that post. “Run at the gun” is an interesting insight.
I’m always amazed when people ask me about writing a book or selling a PDF, particularly when they ask about the money side of things. If you're working from the deep love for humanity and your need to share your insights, I think you're right to publish. This article gives an insight about the current state of the music industry and how the internet, among other things, is changing the rules. It makes for a great read for anyone interested in the modern state of publishing.
I just finished a one-hour talk with Gregory O'Gallagher, from kinobody.com. I like his idea that if you fast intermittently—a method of dieting that takes thinking entirely out of the equation—and you instead focus on standards in the weight room, you can achieve the bulk of your fitness goals. The following two articles can give you a few ideas about how he combines simple training and gets good results.
After reading this article, High-Intensity Interval Training for the Mind, I bought the OMM App—One-Minute Meditation. Oddly, like Tiny Habits (P J Fogg’s tinyhabits.com), it's too easy to be true.
I talk about falling and tumbling a lot. Laree sent me this Feldenkrais video, and all I can say is, “Yes, that's it exactly!”
I like my morning coffee. A few months ago, I wrote that I was trying Bulletproof coffee, and some people questioned my lunacy. Level Up Your Morning Coffee is a pretty good way to think about your morning Joe.
Each week, I float around the internet trying to keep up in some areas, and expand myself in others. Our Wandering Weights selections this week continue on like the past few editions that seem to emphasize a deeper level of thinking and commitment to our chosen goals. Next week, I'll try to lighten up a bit and bring you articles that emphasize more of the basics.
Until then, I'll see you in the gym.