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Drive and Passion

The Myth of Greatness

At the 1972 Munich Olympics, Frank Shorter did the unthinkable for an American: he won the marathon. At the same race, his friend, countryman, and occasional training partner Kenny Moore ran an incredibly strong race to take the heartbreaking 4th place spot. In his book Best Efforts, Moore describes a conversation he had with Shorter the…

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Big Goals Can Backfire. Olympians Show Us What to Focus on Instead.

At the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, 28-year-old Brenda Martinez was in prime position to win her best event, the 800-meter run, which would qualify her for the Olympics for the very first time. But with less than 100 meters to go, a trailing runner tripped and fell forward into Martinez,…

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Do You Control Your Passion, Or Does Your Passion Control You?

Common advice is to find and follow your passion; to be passionate. It’s what parents, teachers, managers, coaches, and commencement speakers champion. A life of passion is a good life, or so we are told. But it’s not that simple. The same drive, enthusiasm, and zeal that fuels breakthrough — whether it’s athletic, scientific, entrepreneurial, or artistic…

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