Category Archives: Sport

Optimism Epiphany

    I’ve had an epiphany. It all comes down to three Ps; and avoiding learned helplessness… First discovered in dogs and then in humans, Wikipedia takes up the strain here: Research has found that human reactions to a lack of … Continue reading

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Relevant Complexity

Here’s to a brand new year. And to celebrate I’ve bashed out a new blog, based on what I’ve learned about life, the world and everything since I started Achilles and Aristotle in 2010. Time flies – or rather it … Continue reading

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Hagler

It ain’t always pretty; but boxing has a primal quality, which whether you like it or not, makes it one of the ‘pure’ sports. There are sports with complex rules and sports with fancy equipment. And then there are sports … Continue reading

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The 3 Big Questions in Life

There are only three questions that really matter in life… So said Britain’s oldest man on his 109th birthday. They are: 1) Where did I come from? 2) Who am I? 3) Where am I going? He died yesterday at … Continue reading

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Average White Male

Shock news from the Harvard Business Review this week: men who are ‘agreeable’ suffer a 20% deficit in earnings versus those who are ‘disagreeable’. Add this to one earlier in the year, where men who are slim also suffer a … Continue reading

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Why Silver is the worst medal of all

Watching the Olympic 10m diving yesterday, one couldn’t help but be struck by the delight of Tom Daley, in third, versus the desolation of Qiu Bo in second. This morning a friend sent me a good reason for it: counterfactual … Continue reading

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Noble Purpose

The Olympics bring out my mixed feelings about competition. Winning at all costs, grinding someone else in the dust, the distortion of personality that comes with going ‘all out’. Sometimes, in my sporting past, I’ve avoided finishing people off. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Sport as Life

The thesis: truly great sporting skill and self-expression come best when not too structured, not too investigated, not too explored. The counter: nearly-great performance is helped by study, stats, practice and heightened professionalism. Stimulated by a cricket ground conversation with … Continue reading

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