Visible and Invisible Tools

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By merely looking at you, to a detached observer, you may appear to have all the tools needed to excel at a sport or in a particular career.

Indeed, if the detached observer was the gambling type, given the opportunity he or she might even wager that you stand to be wildly successful at your chosen task… Whatever that may be.

But like the tip of the iceberg, the visible factors are only one part of the equation.

Appearance doesn’t tell the whole story.

What is happening beneath the surface of a human being is more important.

How smart are you? How prepared? How cool under pressure? How aggressive can you be…?


Disraeli said something to the extent of: “Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on its purpose…”1

The invisible tools, the depth and layers of emotion combined with the power of your intellect, when both boiling with desire ultimately determine whether you win or lose.

The last miles are 100% a mental game.


  1. I think the actual quote is: “I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.”