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Bill Bradley – How He Went From Slow and Gawky to the New York Knicks

Bill Bradley - How He Went From Slow and Gawky to the New York Knicks

Bill Bradley (b. 1943) fell in love with the sport of basketball somewhere around the age of ten.  He had one advantage over his peers—he was tall for his age.  But beyond that, he had no real natural gift for the game.  He was slow and gawky, and could not jump very high.  None of the aspects of the game came easily to him.  He would have to compensate for all of his inadequacies through sheer practice.  And so he proceeded to devise one of the most rigorous and efficient training routines in the history of sports.

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“In essence, when you practice and develop any skill you transform yourself in the process.  You reveal to yourself new capabilities that were previously latent, that are exposed as you progress.  You develop emotionally.  Your sense of pleasure becomes redefined.  What offers immediate pleasure comes to seem like a distraction, an empty entertainment to help pass the time.  Real pleasure comes from overcoming challenges, feeling confidence in your abilities, gaining fluency in skills, and experiencing the power this brings.  You develop patience.  Boredom no longer signals the need for distraction, but rather the need for new challenges to conquer.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information.  As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down.  Reading that changed my life.  I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage?  Don’t I know how to do this already?  The answer is no.  You must keep doing it.  The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld

“One way to develop faith and confidence is simply to practice using it. If I were to ask you whether you’re confident that you can tie your own shoes, I’m sure you could tell me with perfect confidence that you can.  Why?  Only because you’ve done it thousands of times!  So practice confidence by using it consistently, and you’ll be amazed at the dividends it reaps in every area of your life.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

What Are You Thinking About While You Practice? …It Could Change Everything.

What Are You Thinking About While You Practice? ...It Could Change Everything.

This article is an elaboration from my previous article, What Rep Club Are You In?  If you haven’t already, read that one first.

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If the biggest distinguishing factor between a beginner and a master is repetitions, what then, is the biggest distinguishing factor between a ‘good’ master and a ‘great’ master?

I have certainly seen masters that are really sharp and knowledgable and others that are… well… not so much.

Why is that?

Well, if repetition is the mother of all teachers then quality repetition is the mother of all mothers.

What does that even mean?

In other words, quality counts – just as much as the number of reps.

I look at there being two types of reps: quality reps’ and blind reps.’ Continue reading

The Importance of Increasing Repetitions and How That Leads to Mastery.

The Importance of Increasing Repetitions and How That Leads You to Mastery.

What is the biggest distinguishing factor between a beginner and a master…?

Repetitions.

Hands down.

The master has not only tried significantly more than the beginner, but has likely tried and failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.

Some people might start out ahead with born talent and natural ability, but nobody starts out as a master.

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