This retro video by former world table tennis champion Matt Syed is one of my favourites.  A modest suburban street in Reading in the UK produced more table tennis champions than the entire population of some countries.

He believes that champions are made not born, which he also explains in his book Bounce. He describes his dedicated commitment to 10,000 hours or more purposeful practice, which together with a positive growth mindset enabled him to keep learning and improving to achieve peak performance. These are also key features of the personality trait mental toughness.

It’s only 3 minutes 40 seconds long and well worth watching.

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Published by Paul Lyons

Paul is an experienced chief executive, leadership coach and mental toughness professional and you can reach him at or

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