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Welcome to our newsletter, in which we share the latest findings from the science of human performance and tips on how you can apply them in your own life. Our goal is simple: to help you get better at your craft, whatever your craft may be. 

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November 12, 2019

Something I think about a lot in writing is the benefit of just getting a draft on paper. All my best work begins as a crappy first draft. Because ALL my work begins as a crappy first draft. There is no magic, just revision: chipping away, word by word, with a mental c...

November 6, 2019

It's kind of hard to believe that this is the 150th issue of the Peak Performance—soon to be formerly known as Peak Performance, more on that in a bit—newsletter. This endeavor started just over three years ago, as a way to keep our intimate following abreast of our pr...

October 22, 2019

"The athlete that dwells in each of us is more than an abstract ideal," said George Leonard, the philosopher of human potential and Aikido master. "It is a living presence that can change the way we live and feel."

I love this quote because it is true. Everyone can bene...

October 16, 2019

Lots of people make things overly complex. Sometimes complexity is necessary but often it's not. A lot of times people make things complex so they can sell them. It's hard to monetize the basics; but come up with an intricate and sexy-sounding approach to something and...

October 8, 2019

Earlier this week, Outside published an interesting article on Magda Boulet, a 46-year-old ultra marathoner who is running strong as ever. Boulet moved up in distance to ultras from the marathon six years ago, at age 40. Her story contains important lessons on aging, a...

September 25, 2019

Something common to coaches, teachers, managers, and parents is the challenge of striking a balance between over-controlling your people (or, in the case of parents, your children) on the one hand and abandoning them on the other.

Over-controlling usually creates...

September 17, 2019

ESPN recently published a story exploring how chessmasters often lose 10-15 pounds during a week-long tournament. According to scientists, this is related to the human stress response. During tournaments—which can last 5 to 10 days—it is not uncommon for competitors to...

September 3, 2019

I often imagine that people exist on a metaphorical barbell⁠. On one side is drive and passion and on the other side is ease and contentment⁠. Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is whether or not it's problematic to tilt too strongly to one side....

August 19, 2019

In our first book, Peak Performance, Steve and I wrote that setting a goal and then throwing your all into pursuing it is one of the best feelings there is.

In our second book, The Passion Paradox, we warned about the dangers of obsessive passion, or becoming too focuse...

August 7, 2019

Fake toughness is easy to spot. 

It's the guy picking a fight at your local gym. The anonymous poster acting like a hard ass on message boards. The bully at school. The executive who masks his own insecurity by yelling at his subordinates. The strength coach that works...

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