Video – The mindset to succeed in elite sports

My research looks at the levels of perseverance in creatives, and especially in the filmmaker. However, parallels can be found in other sectors, and elite sport is one such sector. This TEDx video from Professor Tim Noakes was interesting. I thought of Michael Budd and how he elected to go from development to distribution in under a year with his film Love of my Life. Such laser focussed discipline to achieve his goal similar to a elite athlete preparing for the Olympics.

I shall be further investigating research in the elite sports sector.

Published on 26 Jun 2012

Prof. Tim Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist and has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise. Tim is a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM). In this talk from TEDxCapeTownED, he lays out the importance of belief in exceptional achievement, and points to the role of the coach in fostering that belief. He leaves a challenge with educators to see their role as creating belief in their students.

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