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MATTHEW SYED

One of the most striking things about sport is that amid the Darwinian battle for supremacy, individuals and teams slugging it out to be the best, we witness a rare and powerful beauty.

MATTHEW SYED

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Playing Sports Presents A Ton Of Winning & Losing Behaviours

Playing Sports Presents A Ton Of Winning & Losing Behaviours

if you observe closely, you can witness patterns of different strategies, tactics and mental behaviours across different sports. Neuroscientists have not been able to figure out the complete details of the psychology and motivation behind sports but we do see some very interesting trends.

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Success Vs Failure, Cooperation Vs Individualism

Success Vs Failure, Cooperation Vs Individualism

Across sports, you may observe individuals who are more motivated when they fail at the game. On the other hand, you’d also be able to find individuals who quit when they fail. There have been many examples such as David Beckham who performed extra-ordinary after his failure at 1998 world cup.

Likewise, you would be able to find teams that play like one mind. Where everybody takes care of each other and they win and lose together. On the other hand, you would be able to find teams that often do not behave as well. Each player seems to be playing for the glory of his or her own self.

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MATTHEW SYED

Sport is a powerful vehicle for exploring these themes because its psychological factors that are often the difference between victory and defeat at the highest level.

MATTHEW SYED

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Sporting Events Often Involves An Invisible Gunius

Sporting Events Often Involves An Invisible Gunius

Have you observed how sometimes, the sporting events elevate your emotions, leave fans into tears, make the crowd excited? That’s the beauty of sports and it often involves a designed structure to achieve that.

For example, when you see Lionel Messi or Ronaldo playing, or LeBron James jumping to take a shot or even when watching a wrestling event, there is a designed genius to the event that resonates with you and gives you an immersive experience of the event.

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Turning Athletes Into Icons

Turning Athletes Into Icons

There are some common qualities almost all the great athletes share. Some of these are:

  • Determination
  • Courage
  • Resilience

And the ability to cope pressure and perform under it.

Some athletes leave such an impact on the world that they turn into cultural icons. For example, we all know about “Muhammad Ali”, “Pele”, and “Don Bradman”. These athletes have been turned into cultural icons because they left an impact on the world.

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MATTHEW SYED

Ali was, indeed, beautiful. In the way he moved, the way he talked, and in the high-voltage charisma that seemed to flow whenever he stood near a TV camera, he redefined the nature twentieth-century celebrity. He could box, too.

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Full-time reader and part-time growth consultant on a quest to understand the world by drawing wisdom from the great minds of today and yesterday.

CURATOR'S NOTE

Learn the greatest lessons from professional athletes learned in a series of interviews conducted by Matthew Syed.

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