Continuing our read through On Mental Toughness, I am excited to share my thoughts on “The Making of a Corporate Athlete” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. To excel at one’s profession, we must first take care of our phycial bodies. That gives us energy to pursue the emotionally and mentally difficult tasks we face. There is less here that can be specific to software, but this idea is one that I’ve experienced for myself over the last decade. I’ll share my personal journey of long-distance running along with the advice in the article.

This post is part of a series where I try to take generic business articles and view them through my lens as an individual contributor software engineer.

While the articles are usually focused on upper management roles, I believe there are many parellels with IC softwre engineers. Our profession is very intellectually demanding, there are always trade-offs in every choice we make, and our mistakes are likely to affect many people (customers or others in our organizations).

What athletic pursuits form your base?

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