This blog post was inspired by another great Original Strength video. One of my friends recommended his videos to me and ever since I have been hooked. If you want short and practical tips you can apply right now to improve your athletic performance make sure to head on over to YouTube and watch some of Original Strength's videos.
However, this blog post may seem to go against everything I have said in my previous blog posts and videos. Am I a complete hypocrite? It may seem so given my particular video Why I stand in Class? , but I am not. Yes being sedentary and spending long uninterrupted periods of times slouched in a chair is bad for your body. Yet that does not mean that ANY form of sitting is bad for your body.
This is such a powerful quote as it very nicely encapsulates the thesis of Cal Newport's excellent book So Good They Can't Ignore You, why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love. Cal Newport makes a compelling case for why the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis", although it produces nice sound bites, is not only unhelpful but also can be harmful to individuals who incessantly search for their 'true passion' . Watching Lebron James dismantle the Boston Celtics in Game 7 last night, and talk about how his love for the game drove him through fatigue, pain and adversity to lead his team to his eighth straight NBA finals seems to perfectly illustrate the validity of the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis." However as all NBA fans already know, Lebron is a true anomaly and the real unicorn in the NBA. Therefore trying to model your career trajectory after Lebron's is of suspect value. I am an unequivocal hoops junkie, who can watch and discuss hoops all day, but even I have the perspective that while basketball is a sport I am infatuated with, it is just a hobby. That is why major professional sports jobs are so incredibly difficult to land.
I am a medical student who is obsessed with the Be Activated Muscle Activation Technique, mastering movement and understanding what makes humans thrive.