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August 27, 2009



Complete as many rounds in twenty minutes as you can of:
2 Muscle-ups
4 Handstand Push-ups
8 2-Pood Kettlebell swings

This is one of the best articles I’ve read in a very long time and has broad application in the box and beyond. The link has the entire article from Psychology Today. If you don’t have time to read this one now bookmark it for later.

The Winning Edge

…It is likely that somewhere, at this very moment, a parent or coach is declaring to a discouraged child that “quitters never win.” But perseverance has come to seem like quaint lip service against the tide of interest in talent and aptitude, flashier gifts that nature, or genes, seem to inarguably confer.

And yet grit may turn out to be at least as good a gauge of future success as talent itself. In a series of provocative new studies at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers find that the gritty are more likely to achieve success in school, work and other pursuits—perhaps because their passion and commitment help them endure the inevitable setbacks that occur in any long-term undertaking. In other words, it’s not just talent that matters but also character. “Unless you’re a genius, I don’t think that you can ever do better than your competitors without a quality like grit,” says Martin E. P. Seligman, director of the university’s Positive Psychology Center.

Indeed, experts often speak of the “10-year rule”—that it takes at least a decade of hard work or practice to become highly successful in most endeavors, from managing a hardware store to writing sitcoms—and the ability to persist in the face of obstacles is almost always an essential ingredient in major achievements. The good news: Perhaps even more than talent, grit can be cultivated and strengthened.

Click the link above to read the entire article.

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  1. Richard Reply

    Great article Mark! I am, as most crossfitters are, a firm believer in perseverance, grittiness, hard-work, whatever you want to call it, being the quintessential character trait that differentiates successful people from unsuccessful people. I truly believe that CF helps to foster and grow this trait amongst the participants. It is probably the best intangible asset gained from the CF lifestyle.

    Thanks again for all of your help with the HSPUs this AM!!!

  2. Mark Lee Reply

    Well put Rich, glad you enjoyed it. I sure am going to miss these gritty AM sessions!

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