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Description People who don’t like sports are difficult to understand. They stand there, noses arched toward the heavens and assert that sport is “boring,” that “they don’t understand why people get so worked up about silly games.”

The biggest reason those sorts of people are so difficult to understand is because sport is human achievement. You can’t justifiably be amazed at the endeavors of a giant brain such as Stephen Hawking or Bill Gates, then purport to be bored by the likes of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. On the human canvas writ large in a way that is impossible for mere mortals to comprehend, they inhale the same rarefied air, that scent of the absurd.

Sports is one of the most human things that we do. Strip away the untold piles of money, the egos, the misguided hero worship and pursuit of baubles slathered in precious metal of various kinds, and you’re left with humanity’s highs and lows — success and failure. Some days you are magnificent at your job. Other days you are poor in a way that leaves you sitting in your car or on the train, wondering what the hell happened. In that essential way you are no different than Messi, Ronaldo or any other great of any game you can think about.

You do your job, you know your job and at the root of it all is confidence.

Nobody really knows where confidence comes from, why some people have it and some don’t. Why the average-looking person can stroll up to a supermodel, <strong><a href="" target=_blank>cheap fifa 16 accounts</a><strong> start a conversation and wind up in a tabloid under a headline, “HIM?!”

Many argue that Tiger Woods didn’t suddenly stop knowing how to play golf, but than an essential element of what made him a great golfer, confidence, was eroded in a miasma of mea culpas and weakness, a Wallenda grounded and suddenly everything was a mess.

Confidence is more than belief. Everyone believes. Is confidence knowledge? We see it all the time, players called “confidence players.” Earnest supporters suggest that because a coach took away someone’s confidence by not playing them enough or at all, that essential quality has been eroded.

It isn’t that base quality called arrogance, because not all accomplished athletes are arrogant, even as there are many who construct these psychological edifices as a wall against that little voice, somewhere in there, that says things most of us are used to hearing. “You can’t do that.” “Too far.” “You just aren’t that fast.”

A friend ran a 2:32 at the Boston Marathon, and said that he could have gone faster. Asked why, he said that he didn’t really know he could go that fast, that he felt that good, until the last miles. That’s something more than knowledge of self, something more than the visualization exercises people do, or looking in a mirror somewhere and growling at yourself. Messi doesn’t do that. Jordan didn’t do that. They know, and that knowledge is the most elusive part of sporting greatness, that crazy sort of psychic sauce that everyone, in every last thing that they do, strives to find. That is what makes sport so universal, something that even the haughtiest of us should be able to understand. Banging out that term paper, that stroke of genius that generates the killer app, the idea that makes a problem suddenly soluble. None of it is any different, any more or less noble than what a person, muscles straining against any notions of anything remotely approaching ordinary, nails in performing a task flawlessly.
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