The Who, What and Why of Global Personal Player Development (Article)

BelievePerform is a website developed to bring together those who have a passion for sport psychology as well as those who want to get a better understanding of the field. Writer, Dr. Mark Robinson, is founder of Personal Player Development LLC and assists the athletic community in understanding the issues and challenges athletes encounter along the athletic journey. In this article, Dr Robinson writes about the importance of Personal Development for athletes, though elite performer in their field/industry/concentration could benefit from this. Robinson claims that personal development assists in understanding athletic identity, decision-making, and coping skills throughout life. This aspect appears to often often be ignored in an athlete’s life. Explanation is provided why there is a lack of guidance in personal development and what the cost of this has been for many athletes around the world.

Ray Dalio’s 5 Most Valuable Principles (Video)

Ray Dalio is the Founder and CEO of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and is widely seen as the most successful investor in the industry. Recently Dalio published a book called “Principles” which he believes “are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life”. In this video he describes one of his 5 most valuable principles, recognize your two barriers, that he has used in his life (understand your ego barrier and your blind spot barrier)

The Art of Learning (Book)

This book is written by Josh Waitzkin. Waitzkin is a world-champion finalist in chess and became a world-champion in martial arts (thai-chi, push hands) after his chess career. Currently Waitzkin is a consultant in peak performance of some of the top hedge fund managers in the world and is the founder and President of the JW foundation. The book is split in three parts: first his life growing up and his chess career, then his transition into martial arts, and finally combining the lessons from both disciplines and applying those lessons to life. Experiences Waitzkin shares are about his development as a chess player, the new lessons learned as a martial artist, the impact teachers had on his professional career, how he dealt both positively and negatively with pressure, and how he continues to use and develop the art of learning for himself and others. Specific topics Waitzkin explains are thematic interconnectedness, incremental learning, teacher’s/coaching philosophy, numbers to leave numbers, beginner’s mind, making smaller circles, presence/awareness, being in the zone/flow, beginners mind, and more.

3 Ways To Become a Learning Machine (Article)

The World Economic Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This article talks about the importance of continuing to learn, especially once done with formal schooling. Author Paolo Galleo talks about the importance to remain open to new ways of thinking, to learn continuously in an innovative way, to reflect, to go into unknown territories, and to leave behind our complacency and our torpor. The three tips given are the importance of learning new things, learning from mistakes, and that learning should never stop.

Josh Waitzkin and Adam Robinson (Video)

The Alan Howard Foundation features conversations, talks and entertainment delivered by leaders and experts in their respective fields who can provide a unique insight into their chosen topics. This video is of chess champion and master of martial arts Josh Waitzkin, he talks about how to excel your growth curve. Later in the interview expert Performance psychologist Dr. Leag Lagos who talks about the benefits of Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Some of the topics Waitzkin discusses in his interview is the ability to unlearn and then learn, how to get and stay in the flow, thematic interconnectedness (world is connected through principles and themes), using heart rate variability for maximum performance, and pushing boundaries to reach new limits. A theory discussed in this video is the incremental theory of intelligence (versus fixed intelligence): habit creation, feedback loop, deliberate practice based on observing. 

How To Boost Your (and others) Emotional Intelligence (Article)

Harvard Business Review Press publishes the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, technology, leadership, human resources and innovation. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has scientific research proving that increased EQ will benefit your job performance, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, and employability. This article discusses that EQ is trainable and malleable with focus and dedication. The writers provide five critical steps to improve your EQ: turn self-deception into self-awareness, turn self-focus into other-focus, be more rewarding, control your emotions, and operate with humility.

Morning Routines and Strategy (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Guests for this show are Jocko Willink (Retired Navy Seal), Seth Godin (Author and Business Executive), Jamie Foxx (Academy Winning Artist), and Scott Adams (Comic). These interviewees talk about their routine which includes working out, having a set schedule in the morning so no decision needs to be made, meditation, and more. All of these are tools that are common threads with success, health, happiness, and wealth.

The Road to Character (Book)

The Road to Character is written by David Brooks; he’s an author as well as a political and cultural commentator. In this book Brooks tries to explain the essence of good character and how today’s world and evolving cultures have changed the outlook and perspective of the people. Brooks writes in his book that to cultivate character and strengthen your moral compass one needs suffering, love, humility, vocation, obedience and honest self-confrontation. These experiences and character traits are described in ten biographical summaries of historical figures such as Dwight Eisenhouwer, Frances Perkins, Johnny Utah, Michel de Montaigne, Dorothy Day and more. Brooks looks to bring back some of “the good ole’ days” that helped get where we are, while showing his disapproval and fear of the self-indulgent and narcissistic culture we live in today.

How To Coach, According to 5 Great Coaches (Article)

Harvard Business Review Press publishes the best thinking in the areas of business strategy, general management, technology, leadership, human resources and innovation. In this specific piece you will find advice from 5 legendary coaches all from different sports on how to lead and manage your team. The article discusses the importance of preparation, need for adjustments in coaching style, and the significance of choosing encouragement over critic