177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

One of the most closely-held secrets of world-class performers is how much fun they have in what they do. Outsiders see big-time performers as super self-disciplined, self-sacrificing, success-and-achievement machines. Yet a closer look gives a more accurate portrayal of what really drives these people: fun. Champions have more fun in their work than any other group. They take whatever time is necessary to choose a career path that encompasses their natural talents, abilities, and, most of all, their passions.

Amateurs have a difficult time competing with pros because most amateurs hate their jobs – one of the primary reasons they’re amateurs in the first place! Professional performers are highly disciplined, of course, yet their core drive and mental fortitude seem to come from the pure fun, excitement, enjoyment and exhilaration of their work. Average people go to work and plod through the day; champions go to work and have fun. This is one of the reasons amateurs cannot compete with pros – it’s a mismatch from the start. One is focused on surviving, while the other is just playing a game and having fun.


How much fun are you having in your life? On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being the most fun, give yourself a rating in each area of your life. Next, ask this critical thinking question: “Can I eliminate doing things that aren’t fun?” Really think about your answer. Life is short and unpredictable. Why do things you don’t enjoy unless it is impossible to escape them?

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 71.

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