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Boundless Potential: Transform Your Brain, Unleash Your Talents, Reinvent Your Work in Midlife and Beyond by Mark Walton

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chapter oneThe New Normal

Meeting on the Edge of Tomorrow

Change is the law of life.And those who look only to the past or present arecertain to miss the future.—John F. Kennedy

Nearly twenty-seven centuries ago, the Greeks invented the first reality show—sort of an “Olympic Idol” of the times.

Today, we know it as the decathlon.

Ten separate events over two grueling days, in competitive running, jumping, hurdling, shot put, pole vault, and javelin—tests designed to rip apart the body, mind, and soul through inherently contradictory demands: the need to gain strength without losing speed, conserve energy while extending distance, boost performance here without deteriorating elsewhere.

At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Bruce Jenner, the American ...

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