In this brave interview, former champion boxer Ricky Hatton opens up about his depression following his defeat to Manny Pacquaio at the height of his career. Hatton’s thoughts, where he expresses not wanting to be seen as a “big time Charlie” echo those touched upon in one of our blog posts this week 'Why The North Is Resistant To Change'.
Eilud Kipchoge beat the world marathon record last week by an astounding 78 seconds. The journalist expresses surprise and finds the achievement all the more remarkable after Kipchoge’s pacesetters dropped out of the race early. I thought the exact opposite; it is common for many weight trainers to set new PRs by accidentally miscalculating the weight and adding more than they expected to the bar. It is often our mental limitations that hold us back from our true potential and our desire to play it safe. With the pacesetters gone Kipchoge imposed mental limits were removed and he was able to transcend his sport to a new level.
Vontae Davis had the revelation halfway through an NFL match that neither his mind, body or spirit was in the game anymore and chose the extremely unusual move to retire mid game. Reaction to the decision was mixed: some believe he should have seen the game out, some believe he was right to quit when he did. I am in the latter camp. If he had continued to play out the game he would be disrespecting his team and their fans by hindering their chances of success. In elite level sport, no-one can afford to be anything less than 100% committed. By quitting at half-time he cast his ego and potentially public disapproval aside in favour of the team: possibly one of the most noble acts one can perform.
Alexa Chung opens up about feeling an imposter at virtually every stage of her career despite her successes. A nice reminder to us all that we should set and strive to achieve goals but never embed in them our self-worth nor our meaning, for life is a continuous process and if we are seeking a specific destination to make us happy, on arrival (if we ever reach it at all) we will often find the happiness fleeting, leaving us worryingly exposed to emptiness going forward. Instead, place your happiness in the process itself.
A new NHS campaign has been 'slammed' by many for being sexist asking if they "would swap heels and lipstick for a baby". Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has since apologised for the ad that "raised concerns", but stood by their confidence that the campaign has "played an important role in tackling teenage pregnancy and poor sexual health".