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Go For the Win

Go For the Win

My favorite runner is Steve Prefontaine. We even have the same birthday! Prefontaine was a star runner for the University of Oregon, and later competed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where he ran the 5000m (a little over three miles). The Strategy Prefontaine’s...
The Importance of Passion

The Importance of Passion

This post is Part 5 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In this final blog post, I want to talk about the importance of passion when developing excellence. DEEP practice is really hard, and to be...
DEEP Practice

DEEP Practice

This post is Part 4 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In this blog post, I want to explore what makes practice DEEP. Most of our practice is shallow. Remember how I practiced basketball? I would...
Why Most Practice Fails

Why Most Practice Fails

This post is Part 3 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) One of the most popular theories for how people become excellent at something involves hard work and practice. In this blog post, I want to talk...
How to Become Excellent? Two Theories

How to Become Excellent? Two Theories

This post is Part 2 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In this blog post, I want to begin to tackle the question of how people develop excellence. When I talk to people about this question, I get two...
Why Become Excellent?

Why Become Excellent?

This post is Part 1 in a 5-part blog series on developing excellence. If you are like me, you probably want to become excellent at something. It might be your work. Or it might be a hobby, like chess or basketball. Perhaps you want to develop a relational skill, like...
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