Review: Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things Book Cover

Author: Steve Magness

Publication date: 21 June 2022

Publisher: HarperOne

Number of pages: 320 pages


The mentality of being tough has been given credit by any kind of achievement—from the tiniest accomplishment to the biggest winning. That is why every time we get to the weak point of our life, people often ask us to be tough. They said that we have to be hard to ourself to overcome hurdles. No pain, no gain.

Do Hard Things is a book that reframe the realistic manner of the actual toughness. As a scientist on health and human performance, Steve Magness helps us to reconceptualize our understanding towards the damaged toughness based on his experience as a runner, a coach, and the recent science and psychology research.

In this book, Magness argues that, in some cases, mental toughness is the exact opposite of being persistence. We have to acknowledge that being hard-headed and push through often leads to a worse outcome. Toughness requires us to be able to drive our discomfort so that we can take the wisest step.

Being tough begins long before we enter the arena or walk on stage. It starts with our expectation.

Steve Magness, Author of Do Hard Things

Magness leads us to realize that the key of toughness is by admitting something is hard, not pretending it isn’t. Thus, he suggest that acceptance, embracing the reality, and building a realistic expectation are the ones that can navigate us at handling obstacles.

Positive self-talk worked as long as the subject had high self-esteem. Your brain isn’t going to be fooled by false bravado. When it comes to self-talk, if you fake it, you don’t make it.

Steve Magness, Author of Do Hard Things

Every chapter of Do Hard Things belong to the four pillar of real toughness:

  1. Ditch the facade, embrace reality
  2. Listen to your body
  3. Respond instead of react
  4. Transcend discomfort

Do Hard Things is a solid book to guide us to improve our inner confidence and resiliency. I adore the way Magness supports his perspectives through related and actual facts so the reader could embrace the value.

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