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In this episode of the Unmistakable Creative, Dan Fagella talks to us about the art and science of skill development through the lens of martial arts and positive psychology. 

  • The tenets of sports psychology that can apply to your life
  • Lessons from the world of Brazilian jujitsu 
  • Learning to leverage of our nervous energy or jitters
  • Using rituals and routines to perform at our best
  • Leveraging biographies and history to develop perspective
  • A framework for the science of skill development  


We are trapped in our own conception of what’s difficult

Resources and Books Mentioned

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Man's Search for Meaning

Originally aired over 2 years ago.

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