The art of learning : an inner journey to optimal performance / Josh Waitzkin.
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- ISBN: 9780743277464
- ISBN: 0743277465
- Physical Description: xxi, 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Edition: First Free Press trade paperback edition.
- Publisher: New York : Free Press, 
- Copyright: ©2007
Contents / Notes
Innocent moves -- Losing to win -- Two approaches to learning -- Loving the game -- The soft zone -- The downward spiral -- Changing voice -- Breaking stallions -- Beginner's mind -- Investment in loss -- Making smaller circles -- Using adversity -- Slowing down time -- The illusion of the myriad -- The power of presence -- Searching for the zone -- Building your trigger -- Making sandals -- Bringing it all together -- Taiwan.
Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his father's book Searching for Bobby Fischer was made into a major motion picture. After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years, Waitzkin expanded his horizons, taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? "I've come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess," he says. "What I am best at is the art of learning." Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process. Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology. Through his own example, Waitzkin explains how to embrace defeat and make mistakes work for you. Does your opponent make you angry? Waitzkin describes how to channel emotions into creative fuel. As he explains it, obstacles are not obstacles but challenges to overcome, to spur the growth process by turning weaknesses into strengths. He illustrates the exact routines that he has used in all of his competitions, whether mental or physical, so that you too can achieve your peak performance zone in any competitive or professional circumstance. Features stories ranging from his early years taking on chess hustlers as a seven year old in New York City's Washington Square Park, to dealing with the pressures of having a film made about his life, to International Chess Championships in India, Hungary, and Brazil, to battles against powerhouse fighters in Taiwan in the Push Hands World Championships.
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