Impossible Case Study: Sir Roger Bannister and The Four-Minute Mile

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Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Up until he did it in 1954, most people thought four-minute mark was impossible to break. They thought the human body couldn’t physically go that fast – that it would collapse under the pressure. No-one could run a mile in […]

The Pomodoro Technique


Whether you’re big into business, fitness, or gritness, you’ve probably come up against one of the main roadblocks in achieving the impossible: procrastination. Procrastination crops up everywhere: If you’re getting into running, often the hardest thing is getting your shoes on and getting out the door. If you work from home, you drown in email […]

An Act of Discipline

This is an act of discipline. I’m retraining myself to write here twice a week regardless. Tuesday, Thursday – set in stone. That’s the schedule. I’m not sending this post out via email & I probably won’t tweet this, but I’m writing it down and making it public. I’ve got a lot of things coming […]

Impossible Case Study: Sir Ernest Shackleton and The Trans-Antarctic Expedition


This is the first in a series of case studies on adventurers, athletes and historical men and women who pushed their limits and challenged the status quo in order to the impossible and do things no one had ever done before. Enjoy. — Ernest Shackleton was one of the main polar explorers of the Heroic […]

The Surprising Purpose of Pain


Most people want to avoid pain. It’s uncomfortable, it hurts, and it’s not really fun. Unfortunately, I’ve decided in my life, that I don’t get the luxury of avoiding pain. Being an athlete, you’re constantly exposed to pain. It happens when you push the limits of what you’re capable of. Every time you decide to […]

Question Everything


Cosmos relaunched last week. I don’t typically watch much TV, but it’s a great show. The central question driving the entire project is one statement: question everything. Questioning all of your assumptions is a good scientific principle and makes for a good jump-off point for a science show, but it’s also a good approach to […]

Be Better Than A Lab Rat


Be Better Than A Lab Rat There’s a lot of studies out there now what we can learn from lab rats. How you can find motivation, form habits & improve yourself through studies done on lab rats. Related: My buddy Maneesh is building a startup based around training yourself to move closer to your goals […]

The Worst Run Ever (How To Deal With An “Off” Day)

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Sunday was a bad day. I’m in the progress of training for a new super-secret project, so I’ve been ramping up my running mileage recently (to satisfy my addiction to pain). Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working with my coach to increase my mileage. For the last few weeks, I’ve more or less […]

A Beginners Guide To Parkinson’s Law: How To Do More Stuff By Giving Yourself Less Time


This post is part of a series on productivity laws and actionable ways to incorporate them into your work in order to simultaneously become more efficient and elevate your work to a higher level. If you’ve spent any sort of time reading about productivity hacks, you’ve probably run across Parkinson’s Law before. You might know […]

My 97 Things (Or How I Moved Across The Country With Just 3 Bags)


My 97 Things I’ve wanted to count and document all of my things for some time now. I remember reading Colin’s site almost four years ago and seeing his All 72 Things I Own post and thinking, “I want to do that at some point.” A few days ago I packed my entire life into about […]