table of contents

contents

preface / 9

GOING PRO

one

getting hooked / 15

two

role models / 32

three

the talent myth / 41

four

adaptability / 46

five

timing and luck / 54

six

winning / 62

seven

momentum / 68

eight

ego vs. confidence / 71

STAMINA

nine

hope isn’t a strategy / 79

ten

focus and visualization / 86

eleven

coaches, teammates, competitors / 94

twelve

critics and criticism / 99

thirteen

what injuries? / 106

fourteen

fear and doubt / 111

fifteen

losing / 118

ENDGAME

sixteen

quitting / 131

seventeen

distractions / 139

eighteen

epiphanies / 145

nineteen

persistence / 151

twenty

knowing yourself / 161

twenty-one

fulfillment / 168

twenty-two

sport education / 173

twenty-three

expiration date / 181

postscript / 187

acknowledgments / 191

appendix: athletes interviewed / 193

index of athletes by sport / 197

about the author / 199

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