What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning?
Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be as individuals, teams and organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its elusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.
©2017 Matthew Syed (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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"great book on sport"
Some really interesting stories on amazing people and interesting viewpoints on sport.
a sports geeks read for sure!
"An enjoyable listen"
I am fascinated on what it takes to become great and have always had a particular interest in sporting greatest. This book walks us through the attributes, and lives, of many sporting icons. Overall a very enjoyable listen and you'll definitely have a deeper appreciation of your heroes, and villains.
"repetition and nothing"
I am disappointed, I listened to two other books of the author and was expecting more! but most of the stories are repeated from the old books and there is no clear message and full of contradictory stories!
"Not as impressive as previous books but still very enjoyable"
This is an easy listen and while not as detailed as his previous books in terms of in depth analyses etc - it is still a very enjoyable book. A lot of this is based on articles from his work at the Times. If you love sport and Matthew's approach to analysing what makes people successful then you will enjoy this.
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