The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance


Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 178206026X

Category: Science

Page: 256

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A razor-sharp analysis of how record-breaking exploits in extreme sport are redefining the limits of being human. Right now, more people are risking their lives for their sports then ever before in history. As Thomas Pynchon once put it in Gravity's Rainbow, 'it is not often that Death is told so clearly to [email protected]%* off'. Over the past three decades, the bounds of the possible in action and adventure sports - from sky-diving to motocross to surfing and beyond - have been pushed farther and faster. A generation's worth of iconoclastic misfits have rewritten the rules of the feasible; not just raising the bar, but obliterating it altogether. Along the way, they have become a force pushing evolution relentlessly onward. In a thrilling narrative that draws on biology, psychology, and philosophy, Steven Kotler asks why, at the tail end of the 20th century and the early portion of the 21st, are we seeing such a multi-sport assault on reality? Did we somehow slip through a wormhole to another universe where gravity is optional and common sense obsolete? And where - if anywhere - do our actual limits lie?

Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership


Author: Scott T. Allison,George R. Goethals,Roderick M. Kramer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317426118

Category: Psychology

Page: 572

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Over the past decade, research and theory on heroism and heroic leadership has greatly expanded, providing new insights on heroic behavior. The Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership brings together new scholarship in this burgeoning field to build an important foundation for further multidisciplinary developments. In its three parts, "Origins of Heroism," "Types of Heroism," and "Processes of Heroism," distinguished social scientists and researchers explore topics such as morality, resilience, courage, empathy, meaning, altruism, spirituality, and transformation. This handbook provides a much-needed consolidation and synthesis for heroism and heroic leadership scholars and graduate students.

Coaching Better Every Season

A Year-Round System for Athlete Development and Program Success


Author: Gilbert, Wade

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492507660

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

View: 5408

Presents the best coaching methods and practices for each season on the sport calendar – pre-season, in-season, post-season, and off-season - and offers specific actions, tools, and guidelines for coaches to create a cycle of continuous improvement for themselves, their athletes, and their teams.

Fail More: Embrace, Learn, and Adapt to Failure As a Way to Success


Author: Bill Wooditch

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1260441520

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 5987

The business professional’s guide to building success out of failure Learning from our mistakes is the only way to make sure we don’t make the same ones twice. But what if you could use every failure—large and small—to actually create a successful business, career, and life? You can. Fail More provides the knowledge, insight, and tools to do just that. This one-of-a-kind guide teaches you how to take active, strategic measures to turn the sting of failure into the reward of growth. It reveals the setbacks that are both inevitable and valuable, and it delivers practical ways of quickly moving past self-judgment and -recrimination to: •Create large and small goals•Establish milestones for achieving them•Analyze data to determine what worked and what didn't•Make the necessary corrections to your method•Determine what you need and adjust accordingly•Evaluate your actions•Assess your progress while refining your game plan•Use failing as a core tool for motivation By embracing failure, not just “getting past it,” you will fly past your competition, whether you’re building a startup, advancing in your career, or improving your personal life.