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King Leonidas struck me with one of his most philosophical, yet timelessly relateable speeches in Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire.”

“When a man seats before his eyes the bronze face of his helmet and steps off from the line of departure, he divides himself, as he divides his ‘ticket,’ in two parts. One part he leaves behind. That part which takes delight in his children, which lifts his voice in the chorus, which clasps his wife to him in the sweet darkness of their bed. That half of him, the best part, a man sets aside and leaves behind. …


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One of my biggest epiphanies in developing wrestling technique came from a book about chess.

In Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning, an insightful retelling of Waitzkin’s journeys to world class performances in two seemingly unrelated fields (chess and tai chi push hands), I found many insightful gems on how to reach optimal performance. In one particular passage, Josh Waitzkin recounts his early study of chess. This passage particularly struck me at that given point in time.

“Let’s return to the scholastic chess world, and focus on the ingredients to my early success. I mentioned that Bruce [Pandolfini] and I studied the endgame while other young players focused on the opening. …


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“Hang in there, Che! We’re almost there.”

Two of my teammates on the Thai national wrestling team accompany me in the back of a pickup truck as I am being rushed to the hospital (this is legal in certain parts of Thailand). My entire body cramps. Searing pain shoots out of my right eye down my entire body, and moving in any direction takes a herculean effort. …

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