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What Separates Champions from ‘Almost Champions’?

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Natural Talent or Consistency?

Great athletes are fascinating. And though your natural abilities (or lack thereof) may prevent you from becoming as good as the champs, you can improve yourself by emulating their behavior.

And yet there’s an overlooked group that is worth your attention, too, if...

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Nature + Nurture all the way

The difference between the greats and the almost-greats (which, by the way, applies well beyond sports) also appears to be at least partially driven by one specific thing — how each group responds to adversity. The greats rise to the challenge and put in persistent effort; the al...

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Cultivate Unwavering Effort

Super champions were characterized by an "almost fanatical reaction to challenge.” They viewed challenges in a positive light — as opportunities to grow — and overcame them with a “never satisfied” attitude

This ru...

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Follow your interests

Super champions showed great interest in their sport, liked practicing, training and competing. They did not specialize in a single sport during their early childhood.

Almost champions also loved the thrill of competition, but they remembered having an aversion toward practice an...

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Get Better

Super champions were driven from within. Their primary concern was self-improvement. They held themselves to high standards, but judged themselves against prior versions of themselves, not against others.

Almost champions, however, were focused on external...

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2X Effort

It’s true that not everyone can be a world-class performer. Our inherited traits still matter, and even our willingness to exert persistent effort may be at least partially genetic. Some of us are born with lower sensitivity to the feel-good neurochemical dopamine, which is widely known to underp...

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Angela Duckworth

Talent times effort equals skill, she says, and skill times effort equals achievement.

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Grow the Champion in you

With enough persistent effort, most people can get pretty good at anything.

  • Demonstrate persistent effort to follow your interests.
  • Practice foremost to get better, not to outdo others
  • Derive satisfaction from within

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