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This Ted Talk video by Sarah Lewis is pretty amazing. The idea that the “near win” motivates people toward mastery and virtuosity. How can we create near wins in ourselves and our athletes?

“Mastery is not a commitment to a goal but a constant pursuit.”

If we want to really be masterful, we can’t merely chase goals. We must pursue headlong something just outside our grasp. “Lord grant that I desire more than I can accomplish.” Michelangelo

I always reminded coaches at my gym, that the pursuit of virtuosity occurs in that gap between where you are and where you want to be. The struggle is to always create a gap that challenges us, motivates us and calls to us to be better than we are. The side effect of this is often ennui. The constant realization that we are never quite as good as we hope to be. We are left reaching.

In our reaching we often create and do wonderful, beautiful and inspiring things that, ironically, to us seem less than wonderful, beautiful and inspiring. This gets me fired up and excited to work harder and embrace the struggle. There is no end, you have just keep going.

On another note, how good a speaker is she? I love how she speaks so clearly and never has filler words. She stops, pauses, breathes and continues right on. It’s flawless. If I was going to critique her, I would want to see her being slightly more dynamic with her body language (she has robot arms) and making better eye contact with the audience. Still a masterful talk.


The possibilities are amazing. I am stunned with how far bionic technology has come. Watching “The Six Million Dollar Man” when I was a kid, I always dreamed that we could do things like this. The reality of this is bringing hope to injured and disabled people around the world. I approve.

What bothers me…and I do not want to diminish the awesomeness of this… but I have to wonder about what will happen if the algorithms are wrong? I am student of human movement and I see a lot of bad movement out there. Even with great athletes and great movers there are faults in basic mechanics. Likewise there is still a lot of debate about what constitutes good movement. Let’s just take an example if scientists were to model running technique, there is a great deal of controversy in what is proper technique. If they build a model on a faulty technique what happens?

As a student of good movement, biomechanics, anatomy and human performance, I see how bad movement can create a lot of pain and physical problems. My concern is that if mechanize and amplify bad human movement we could be have some negative side effects from what should be a great technological advancement.

That being said, I would love a new exoskeleton.