Why did elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Manchester United keep winning over and over again? A study showed they had a ‘sense for the historic.’ Perhaps the greatest separator between the best, and the rest, is an individual’s grasp of the concept of “sense for the historic.” The concept originated in a 30-year-old study of the dynasty sports teams and sports individuals. Think of Michael Jordan. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Why did they keep winning over and over again? The study showed the key deciding factor is a presence of a “sense for the historic,” which, in simple terms, means a recognition that one sits at a historic juncture in life (in this case, the finals of the NBA or European Championships) and that in this case, failure is not an option. They just won’t accept failure in this all-important situation. They realize that with this situation, they may never get the opportunity … [Read more...] about Do you have a ‘sense for the historic’?
Losers say why me winners say try me
How do you treat failure? Our Mom and Son Podcast this week is about failure. If you haven’t listened to it, here are the links: (Spotify, Apple iTunes, Buzzsprout and YouTube).There’s a stigma attached to the word “fail.” Nobody wants to be called a failure or loser. But in order to be a winner, you have to risk losing. When our sons were growing up, my husband would challenge them to a game of basketball, table tennis, video games, and other sports just for fun. At first, he would allow them to have a tight game with him. In other words, he would first play with his right hand (he’s left-handed) and as they went on, he would play with his dominant hand and give it his best shot, making it harder and harder for them saying, “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m gonna cream you!” The boys all agree on one thing, “Papa has this annoying way of laughing when he’s winning na nakakapikon!” But all of these … [Read more...] about How do you treat failure?
Rather than congratulating USA players, many netizens complained about their excessive goal celebrations. One Thai commenter summed up the general feeling: it is fine to dominate a rival who is on the same level, but there’s something unnatural in gloating over the destruction of a much smaller opponent. In the same way, we might adore dogs that are smarter than other dogs, but we fear or even despise dogs that are “as smart as us”. Dogs that will fetch you a beer from the fridge are “cute”; those that can play complicated tunes on the piano are disturbing. The Thai team shipped 13 goals in the game, creating an unenviable record for both the men’s and women’s categories. While the winners were criticised for celebrating every goal “like they had won the final”, sympathy poured in for the losers. On the other hand, if a Thai player tweeted about meeting “the Prince of Whales”, netizens would chuckle at the … [Read more...] about 13 reasons why ‘respect’ and ‘sympathy’ are very slippery words
It was arguably the best Premier League season in history. The battle between Liverpool and Manchester City came down to the final Sunday of the campaign and required City to win their final 14 games of the season to hold on to their one-point lead and retain their crown. Liverpool finished second with the third-highest point total in Premier League history, while City held on for dear life and survived with one of the most impressive stretch runs you'll ever see.Jurgen Klopp & Co won't be too heartbroken if they win the Champions League on Jun 1, of course, but let's cheer them and the rest of the league by handing out arbitrary awards. Back in December, I went around the Premier League and gave out superlatives for everything from best substitute to most tired managerial storyline.Let's go back to the well and hand out awards for the full season. I've narrowed down the categories a bit, but with a full season of data to work with, I've expanded the results from … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from the Premier League’s best season
Some 61 million Filipinos are prepared to cast their vote tomorrow, but is the Commission on Elections ready for the nationwide exercise that could turn ugly if mismanaged? The question is being asked on the eve of Election Day, because disturbing issues continued to swirl around the Comelec until yesterday on factors affecting the holding of an orderly and honest midterm election. Many voters have complained that their names were missing from the lists, that Comelec’s online Precinct Finder was not working, that SD (Secure Digital) cards of hundreds of voting machines had been corrupted, that some ballot marking pens were smearing, that the accreditation of the poll watchdog Namfrel had been disapproved, that the opposition party designation had been given to the Nacionalista Party making it a kind of “company union” working with the Duterte majority party, etc. The election would have the effect of telling President Duterte whether to continue his style of … [Read more...] about Voters all set, but is Comelec ready?