You may already be familiar with Steve Magness and some of his previous books such as Peak Performance or The Passion Paradox. One of the main themes in his books that I resonate with is the parallels between running and life: resilience, how to set goals, how to push our limits, how to build longevity, how to face adversity, how to find joy and purpose, …
Steve Magness describes himself, on his website, as a performance coach. After coaching athletes for many years, he is now also coaching entrepreneurs and executives. I really enjoyed the very open and vulnerable discussion with Coach Mario Fraioli on the Morning Shakeout podcast, which got me interested in this book.
There are more and more discussions around the importance of the mental aspects of performance. Endure or Mental Training for Ultrarunning are a few examples of these books which I have discussed in the past months.
In, Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness, Steve Magness starts by debunking some “classic” thoughts around toughness that have shaped a lot of coaching philosophies.
The book relies on both case studies and science to provide a guide and concrete examples to help anyone develop a more resilient and fulfilling life, career and performances.