Super Bowl 50 and the Winner’s X-Factor

By: Martin Grunburg Recently, I’ve written a lot about The 3 P’s (Planning, Preparing and Practicing) related to performance — particularly under pressure. With yesterday’s Super Bowl 50 and the 114-million-plus viewers watching, the event is still very fresh in the minds of many. With the benefit of hindsight we’re able to overlay many of the […]

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2016: One Month Down and Why You May Be No Closer to Your Big Goal this Year

If you’re like the large majority of people, along with the 2016 New Year came great intentions to achieve your goals. Lose weight, get a new job, get out of debt, be more productive, etc. You mentally committed to achieving a new, big goal this year. However, as you read this today, with January now […]

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The little “Extra” that Turns Ordinary into “Extraordinary”

By: Martin Grunburg In the prior post I shared an amazing story about preparation related to tennis great Rod Laver. In fact, I learned of the story from a participant in my presentation to the San Diego Entrepreneurs’ group. As I presented the info I recall myself saying, “I can’t believe it took me 47 […]

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More on Preparation: What Really Separates the Very Best

By: Martin Grunburg An Enlightening Stroll Along the Sammamish River Trail Recently, I had the great fortune of walking along the Sammamish River Trail in Washington State with a legendary performer, one of the greatest professional tennis players in history. A legend so revered in his home country of Australia that he has an arena […]

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8 Keys to Preparation

Whether it’s for business, a big game, a performance date, exam, or even a poker game, your first question before an important event (if you really want to perform your best) should be, am I prepared? If the answer is “NO,” then the next question should be, “What do I need to do to prepare?” […]

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How to Prepare to Perform Under Pressure

By: Martin Grunburg In the last post I shared that the path to a “Zone” experience is via something known as habituation, and that the path to habituation is facilitated by following The 3 P’s: Planning, Preparing and Practicing. If you or I take the time to Plan (see the vision and understand the desired […]

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Getting to Habituation, the Path to Peak Performance and The Zone

By Martin Grunburg In my last post I shared that becoming habituated to a particular skill or craft is almost always a requirement to experience a peak performance. Whether you’re a stand-up comic, presenting a sales pitch, raising VC funds or playing basketball, becoming habituated first is essential. It’s important to recall that habituation infers […]

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The Key To Peak Performance and the “Zone” is Habituation

By: Martin Grunburg “She was in the zone!” “He was unconscious!” When Stephen Curry, point-guard for the Golden State Warriors, three-point-shot maestro and MVP of the NBA’s 2015 season, shattered the league’s playoff three-point shooting record, fans tweeted in unison, “Steph was unconscious!” Steph has carried that level of peak performance into this season where […]

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You, Fibonacci, the Flywheel and Your Company

By: Martin Grunburg In a previous post I shared with you my newfound appreciation for “the slow.” What is the slow? In essence, it’s nature or the natural world. An understanding and appreciation for maturation and what it takes to produce value – the time and concentrated, focused energy involved. A recognition of craft, and […]

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It’s a +2! The Importance of Connection to Learning

By: Martin Grunburg Rita Pierson had been an educator for more than 40 years leading up to her TED Talk (May 2013, 5 million-plus views). Tragically, less than two months later she passed away. In this powerful presentation (below) she touches on a few formative ideas not just about the education of our children, but […]

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