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The Other Talent

By Matt Fitzgerald


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Take a deep dive into the psychology that drives legendary athletes to push themselves to the limits of human ability—elevating them from good to great.

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ISBN: 9781637745458

Publication Date: August 2024

ISBN: 9781637745465

Publication Date: August 2024

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Take a deep dive into the psychology that drives legendary athletes to push themselves to the limits of human abilityelevating them from good to great. 

On the playing field, natural talent isn’t enough—there’s a mental component that determines whether athletes win the race or wipe out before the finish line. But what separates standout sports stars from the rest?

In a paradigm-shifting new theory, acclaimed sportswriter Matt Fitzgerald identifies two key traits behind athletic success: strict self-regulation over thoughts and emotions and an unquenchable psychological need to pursue victory—even when it means enduring extreme mental and physical suffering.

Drawing on modern psychology, neuroscience, and performance theory, The Other Talent offers a fascinating exploration of the best athletes’ winning mindset, revealing how you can tap into your own potential and strengthen your self-discipline for better emotional intelligence and sustainable performance improvements. 

Readers will learn:

  • Why physical talent does not guarantee athletic achievement—and how high achievers get the most out of what they have
  • How mental-health challenges and deep psychological needs can empower and propel athletes to succeed
  • The key differences between athletes who enjoy success early in life vs athletes who find their stride as adults
  • The relatable struggles of legendary athletes—including barrier-breaking boxing champion Jack Johnson and record-breaking 63-year-old marathon runner Mariko Yugeto

An eye-opening journey into sports philosophy and the competitive nature of the human mind, The Other Talent is a galvanizing resource for both amateur and elite athletes, coaches, parents, and anyone in pursuit of excellence.

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About the Author

Matt  Fitzgerald

Matt Fitzgerald is an acclaimed author of many bestselling books on the subject of sports, including Racing Weight, 80/20 Running, and How Bad Do You Want It? An experienced coach, he cofounded 80/20 Endurance, the world’s most popular online provider of training resources for endurance athletes. He also created and directs Dream Run Camp, a Flagstaff, Arizona–based retreat that enables runners of all abilities to experience the elite-athlete lifestyle. In 2021, he founded the Coaches of Color Initiative, which aims to improve diversity in endurance sports through a comprehensive coaching apprenticeship program.

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Publication Details

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781637745458

Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 in.

Weight: 1 lbs.

Publication Date: August 2024

Format: E-book (epub)

ISBN: 9781637745465

Publication Date: August 2024

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