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Endurance



While physical endurance is important if you’re running a marathon or pushing through an exercise plateau, mental endurance can be just as critical when persevering through a difficult process or circumstance. And just like with the pursuit of physical stamina, being able to withstand the mental and emotional tolls of hardship or fatigue isn’t just a matter of willpower: it takes practice and habit to achieve. There are some common practices and mindsets found among those who have survived—and thrived—through outstanding feats of endurance, but identifying the exact spark that keeps us from throwing in the towel when things look hopeless is a unique journey.

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Never, Ever Give Up | Diana Nyad

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that’s how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida—at age 64. Hear her story.

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No Limits: The Will to Succeed

For years the world has followed Michael Phelps’s progress from teen sensation in Sydney to bona fide phenom in Athens. Now he’s a living Olympic legend in Beijing with a peerless record of gold medals.

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William James on the Psychology of the Second Wind and What Enables Us to Transcend Our Limits

James begins with the curious psychological phenomenon of the “second wind,” familiar to everyone from athletes to artists to entrepreneurs — a perplexity that had captivated his imagination for years.

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FindCenterIt may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance

From best-selling Native American writer Joseph M. Marshall III comes an inspirational guide deeply rooted in Lakota spirituality. When a young man’s father dies, he turns to his sagacious grandfather for comfort.

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Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance

Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, along with drive to succeed no matter the obstacle, are what brought her to the national spotlight during the Olympic Games and have catapulted her ever...

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The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn’t necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—it’s the mental game that matters most.

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FindCenterQuietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.

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Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field.

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The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

The debate is as old as physical competition.

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