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Your influencers: Infectious or infected?

Your influencers: Infectious or infected

“In order to preserve the dominion of our own passions, it behooves us to be constantly and strictly on our guard against the influence and infection of the passions of others.” John Quincy Adams (Congratulations you’ve just read an article that starts with a sentence including the word ‘behooves’!) Scrolling through social media (first mistake), wading through the…

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adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

Why you’re going to be rubbish at your job in 10 years (and what to do about it)

When I was in my second year at university two of our housemates undertook an exchange with a partner university. The year was 1994. Melissa and Kate went west to snowy Canada and Chris and Marie-Ellen came to sunny Eastbourne. Each evening Chris and Marie-Ellen would both head off to a library that had one computer that was…

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Don’t cave in

Don’t cave in: Evaluating what is truly important in life and work

Plato once wrote of a cave inhabited by prisoners who had been chained there since childhood (admittedly, I’ve started blogs on a cheerier note). The prisoners can only look at the back of the wall where flickering shadows stimulate their imaginations and lead them to believe all they imagine is real. If the prisoners were to get free…

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Stop to continue

Stop to continue: Five essential steps to descending after a big competition

After a stonking weekend of sport, with so many events coming to a climax, it is worth remembering the importance of the lull after the storm. For the French national team, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokavic there is the thrill of victory. But for Croatia, Kevin Anderson and Serena Williams, for England and Belgium, the likes of Roger…

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SUPERSTITIONS, TRENDS AND PROBABILITIES

Superstitions, trends and probabilities: World Cup blog

  Amongst the hype that surrounds the latter stages of the World Cup, there seems to be a rabid hype for ‘trends’, masquerading as entertainment. The use of statistics, past records, first ever achievements and any old past events is funny at first, but when you realise that some people actually believe in this gibberish as a predictor…

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The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

The time for adaptation is over: World Cup blog

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Joseph Campbell As the World Cup tournament swings from group stages to the knockout stages – for the bigger, stronger teams there is a shift from a mentality of “collect enough points to advance and conserve energy if you can”, to “all-in”. In…

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Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

Time, the hidden menace at big competitions and how to harness it

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. Alfred Hitchcock There are 3 ways to slow down time. According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the faster anything travels, the slower time passes, known as ‘time dilation’. The next method is doing all-out, full-gas exercise, say for example 30s maximum effort, during which someone…

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Technology, global connections and the World Cup

Technology, global connections and the World Cup

“I love those connections that make this big old world feel like a little village.” Gina Bellman The Olympics is a scattergun of en masse excellence, tracked by a country’s media flitting from one venue to the next to hunt down their own hopes. The events unfold and the flags are hoisted as the medals are awarded –…

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Lessons in inspiring and communicating ideas

Lessons in inspiring and communicating ideas

I spent three days last week speaking, learning and being inspired at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Now in it’s 17th year, it is a roaring success, despite me having spoken there for the last three years! I contributed to three sessions this time (a secondary schools event, and sessions on resilience, then truths about exercise), was interviewed a…

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Making the easy easy, to give your best when it matters.

Making the easy easy, to give your best when it matters.

‘Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.’ Gustav Flaubert This week there was a good deal of buzz centred on a paper presented at ACSM about how athletes train. The major finding of the study showed that athletes perceived easier workouts as more difficult and harder workouts…

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