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The Performance Enhancer For Your Brain: How Elite Athletes are Using EEG to Get a Mental Edge

Many thanks to Sports Illustrated for running this excerpt from Head in the Game. It’s about how great athletes are using EEG technology to study and train their brains, much like they use film, personal trainers, and the like the study and train their bodies and their skills. Beyond their sports, too, it is having profound...
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Steph Curry’s Secrets to Success

Brain Training, Float Tanks, and Strobe Goggles for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report (a Head in the Game Excerpt)
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Qiana Joy won

Remember Qiana? She’s the super-sweet girl who worked at my kid’s daycare who came down with cancer. Well, today, it became official: She kicked cancer’s butt. Here’s her Facebook post, with her friend Erika. F*** cancer. Go Qiana. Be joyful y’all.  
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Head in the Game launch party

  Head in the Game (Dey Street Books) is my first book from a big publisher. It comes out on Feb. 28. Thus, a party. If you’re reading this, you’re invited, however you happened to stumble across it. Said party shall take place at the Carolina Ale House in Greenville, North Carolina–my hometown!–on Friday, March...
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He Never Would Have Made A Single Mark

  NATHAN: You know this guy, right? CALEB: Jackson Pollock. NATHAN: Jackson Pollock. The drip painter. He let his mind go blank, and his hand go where it wanted. Not deliberate, not random. Someplace in between. They called it automatic art. Nathan gazes at the canvas.  NATHAN: Let’s make this like Star Trek, okay? Engage intellect. CALEB: What? NATHAN: I’m Kirk....
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Your cell phone vs. NASA computers in 1969

Working on some blog posts that compile some of my favorite passages from some of my favorite books that I read while researching Head in the Game, but had to go ahead and share this line from The Future of the Mind: “Your cell phone today has more computer power than all of NASA when it...
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Books I Read to Figure Out the Brain

When I started working on Head in the Game, I knew next to nothing about the real science of the brain. Biology and science were my least favorite subjects throughout school; I slept through the one biology class I was required to take in undergrad. So when it came to understanding the brain and how...
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The Daily Dawn Shot

Or, my new goal for 2017—taking a picture of the sunrise every morning and uploading it to Instagram—and why.
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Deleting Twitter and Facebook

As a belated Christmas gift to myself I am deleting Facebook and Twitter from my phone for at least three weeks. Twenty-one days. The time it takes to break and build habits. Call it an experiment. Starts yesterday, Jan. 2. My goal: Make it 21 days without downloading the apps back onto my phone. My...
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Head in the Game and Beyond: Welcome to the Ride

Many of the athletes and scientists featured in Head in the Game say that what they are doing has the potential to change the world. I am generally averse to such grandiose claims, but in this case, they are more right than they are wrong. I am humbled and awed by the work being done in the...
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The Linebacker, the Dead Body, and a Pizza Delivery From Hell

Napoleon Harris may not be Bruce Wayne—he was in the NFL and politics, and he's real—but for at least one night, to one community on Chicago's South Side, he was as close to Batman as this world has to offer
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Qiana Joy

I’m on deadline, but I gotta tell you about my shirt. And really, I just want to tell you about the shirt so I can tell you about Qiana. You say it “key-ah-na.” She’s this girl who works at our son’s daycare. Well, worked. She used to work there. She was diagnosed with this rare cancer a few...
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Introducing Head In The Game

My new book has a full title, official description, and, to my immense gratitude, some very nice things said about it by other, smarter, more successful people who seem to have enjoyed it.
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Tim Tebow Can’t Help Himself

  What if a 29-year-old former quarterback was good enough to play pro baseball, too? What if we all tried the things that people told us we could not do? Inside the final comeback of a born-again star.   Before he said yes to training Tim Tebow over the summer, former major league catcher Chad...
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The Strikeout

Hey folks, here’s something that got cut from the Urban Meyer story that I think you’ll like …    One of the players involved on that crucial fourth-down play—Urban doesn’t want to use his name, so let’s call him Bill—ended up suffering a great deal of emotional fallout. Urban urged Bill to visit the team...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 3

  Hi again. You doing well this week? Hope so. I’m good. Here is Part 3 of the You’re Not the Lone Wolf series, a collection of notes and emails people have sent me after reading my Urban Meyer story for B/R Mag at Bleacher Report, “I’m Not the Lone Wolf.” James says: Thank you...
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‘Born That Way: The Legend of Coach Marvin Jarman’

On a Monday night in Greenville, North Carolina, the fever of high school football archrivalry sweeps over a field in the country. Almost everyone will lose their minds at some point over the next few hours, all except one man. J.H. Rose High School’s football team, after a 30-minute trip from Marvin Jarman Drive in...
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You’re Not The Lone Wolf, Part 2

Hi again, everyone. How are you? I am well. Last week, I posted “You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1,” sharing notes from people happy to hear Urban Meyer say he’s not the lone wolf when it comes to mental health problems, because that showed them that they are not lone wolves, either. So let’s jump right...
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The Forever Comeback

B/R Mag at Bleacher Report asked me to profile Robert Griffin III. What started out a couple months ago as a story about his comeback changed after his Week 1 injury, rapidly pivoting into an exploration of what drives him and why, although the sports world on the whole believes he’s done, Griffin, his coaches, and...
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You’re Not the Lone Wolf, Part 1

  The reaction to “I’m Not The Lone Wolf,” my B/R Mag story about Urban Meyer and his struggles with mental health has been overwhelming. I hoped, maybe even expected, that the story would touch a nerve with some folks. I had no idea it would reach as far as it did. I’ve received emails, messages,...
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What Killed the Bear Lady?

For 28 years, Kay Grayson lived side-by-side with wild black bears in North Carolina’s swampy coastal forests, hand-feeding them, defending them against poachers, and letting them in her home. When she went missing last year, the only thing the investigators could find were her clean-picked bones. And that’s just the start of the mystery.  ...
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