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Raising the bar slowly

The current high-jump record is nearly two and a half meters (8.13ft) — a superhuman leap.  But when Javier Sotomayor took his first jump, he set the bar much lower. Each round, he raised the bar a little, sometimes as little as a quarter of an inch. Jump by jump, he pushed his body slightly further […]

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Finding motivation

What we think of as motivation is actually inspiration. The problem with inspiration is that it’s fleeting — that’s just how it works. We might watch a movie or read a book and be uplifted or watch someone else doing what they love, and that inspires us: “I want to do that.” Sometimes that inspiration […]

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There is no finish line

A few years back, I surprised myself by getting into running and discovered something strange. There’s a race for masochists down in Tennessee called ‘Big Dog’s Outdoor Ultra.’ It’s a four-mile loop that you run until everyone else drops out. This year , Courtney Dauwalter, ran 283 miles in just under 72 hours, non-stop. Running […]

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Philosophy

How do I figure out what to do with my life?

“How the fuck do I figure out what to do with my life?” my little sister asked the other day. I laughed. Then I text her: lol “Or maybe that’s just me,” she replied at the same time. I think she knew that wasn’t true before she finished typing it. How many people do you know […]