I’m not one to reblog often as I usually I try to pass things on via my twitter feed which can be found on the right of this page; but I don’t want anyone to miss this piece. I believe it would go a long way towards helping students, players, and parents understand the imperative value of character and mental toughness in regards to academic and athletic performance. It describes why people instinctively take the easy way and how taking the easy way robs people of their opportunities to succeed and reach their potential.
The limiting factor in one’s growing academically and athletically strong is one’s tolerance for discomfort (I would also add their exposure to discomfort). If you want someone to get better (grow), making things easier and less stressful on them will often be doing them a disservice.
Challenges that create stress, create growth.