Resources

Are you ready to enter the arena, but aren't sure where to start? Below you'll find some of our favorite books, videos, podcasts, and more, that have helped us in our pursuit of personal excellence.

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The Inner Game of Tennis - Timothy Gallwey

Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence - Gary Mack

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth

Thrive: The Third Metric of Redefining Success - Arianna Huffington 

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck

The Power of Full Engagement - Tony Schwartz & James Loehr

The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown

The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want - Sonja Lyubomirksy

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl

The Biology of Belief - Bruce Lipton

Wooden on Leadership - John Wooden 

Way of the Warrior Kid - Jocko Willink (For Kids)

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The Playbook : Coaches with championship resumes share their personal rules for success in sport and life. 

 

The Weight of Gold : First-hand accounts of the mental health challenges that Olympic athletes face (featuring Michael Phelps, Apolo Ohno, Shaun White, Lolo Jones, and more).

Brene Brown - The Call to Courage : With humor and empathy, Brown discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty.

 

The Last Dance :​ This docuseries chronicles the journey of one of the greatest and highest achieving athletes of all time: Michael Jordan. 

Free Solo : Profiling rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan, this inspiring portrait reveals the personal toll of excellence.

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Finding Mastery : Sport psychologist Michael Gervais works to decode the many paths toward mastery through conversations with elite performers in a variety of domains.

 

Dare to Lead : Join professor, lecturer, and author Brene Brown in conversation with change-catalysts, culture-shifters, and troublemakers who demonstrate daring leadership. 

The Science of Success : Through conversations with experts and thought leaders, Matt Bodnar explores evidence-based practices aimed to unlock human potential. 

 

Laughter Permitted : Sit in on Olympian and World Champion Julie Foudy's candid, fun,  thoughtful conversations with trailblazers in athletics about the joy/chaos of life and sport. 

Just Women's Sports : Some of the biggest names in sports join World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O'Hara to talk about the untold stories behind their success. 

Explore

If you're interested in learning more about sport and performance psychology, check out the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) or the American Psychological Association Division 47.

While you're exploring AASP, be sure to look over AASP's Resources Page for more material for athletes, parents, and coaches. 

Another excellent resource, specifically for youth sport parents and coaches, is John O'Sullivan's Changing the Game Project. Explore the site and check out some blog posts that resonate with you - they pose a number of thought-provoking questions!

 

Finally, if you're looking for more content on a specific topic, head over to TED's Video Library, where thousands of TED Talks delivered by professionals from nearly every domain await you.