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Nathan Stanley
12-11-2008, 09:27 AM
As we near the winter break, I'm trying to build a reading list for some of my wrestlers of novels, biographies, memoirs, etc that deal with the aspects of mental toughness. I'm not looking for a sport psychology book, or something along those lines. A book like "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield would be an example of what I'm looking for. If you have a favorite read that fits the bill, I'd love to hear it.

Edward Friedman
12-11-2008, 07:24 PM
I don't know "Gates of Fire" (though I will check it out,) and my reflexive thought is not of toughness in the Rocky Balboa, "Is that all you got?" sense.

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

George Mounce
12-11-2008, 08:13 PM
I agree with Edward. Mental toughness truly is the emptied mind, the mind free of attachment.

Yagyu Munenori's Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War, a short read but highly informative on the state of mind of the warrior is perfect. The Shambhala Dragon Edition of The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (another excellent read) has it.

Jay Cohen
12-12-2008, 01:58 AM
I agree with Edward. Mental toughness truly is the emptied mind, the mind free of attachment.

Yagyu Munenori's Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War, a short read but highly informative on the state of mind of the warrior is perfect. The Shambhala Dragon Edition of The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (another excellent read) has it.

Good call on the reading material.

Brandon Oto
12-12-2008, 08:30 PM
Orison Swett Marden wrote several books about basically this. Here's one: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13160

Nathan Stanley
12-27-2008, 07:01 PM
I don't know "Gates of Fire" (though I will check it out,) and my reflexive thought is not of toughness in the Rocky Balboa, "Is that all you got?" sense.

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Great suggestion. I totally agree with you on this book. I saw Dan Hawkins speak a couple of years ago at a football clinic and he quoted this book several times in his presentation.

Darryl Shaw
12-31-2008, 05:24 AM
I haven't read it myself but based on the title alone I'm going to suggest The Toughest Man Alive by Gene LeBell.

One that I have read though and that I'd highly recommend is Spartan by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It's set around the events leading up to the battle of Thermopylea so it should go together quite well with Gates of Fire.

Leo Soubbotine
12-31-2008, 05:30 AM
Lone Survivor (http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Survivor-Eyewitness-Account-Operation/dp/0316067598)

Very good book.

Darryl Shaw
12-31-2008, 05:44 AM
Lone Survivor (http://www.amazon.com/Lone-Survivor-Eyewitness-Account-Operation/dp/0316067598)

Very good book.

On the same theme - The One That Got Away by Chris Ryan.

Frank Needham
01-01-2009, 07:13 AM
Here's two: The Book of Five Rings & The Prince. I consider them both to be highly inspirational in the area of mental toughness.

In the first case because Miyamoto Musashi, the martial artist who wrote the book, fought SIXTY duels to the death by sword and triumphed in all cases. He claims that the last duel was fought when he was sixty years old. Ponder that for a minute. This book is also widely perceived to be the reason why the Japanese have been so successful as the attitude embodied by Musashi (being totally sold out to something) has been adopted by the Japanese as something akin to religion.

In the second case there is an aspect of Machiavelli's authorship that many do not discuss when "The Prince" is brought up. He wrote the book during a time he was banished from existence by the authorities. During this period of 20 years he wrote the book and chopped wood to survive.

Scott Clark
01-03-2009, 12:53 PM
Roberts Ridge by Malcolm MacPherson.

Jason Tanner
01-05-2009, 04:38 PM
Ehh... this may be a bit off subject of mental toughness, but anything by Robert Greene is pretty much the bomb. It's all about game strategy, and how to rule throughout life.