This positive-thinking book aims to show us how we need to
be mentally tough enough and savvy enough at listening to
gut feelings, in order to take advantage of opportunities
in life. THE HINGE effect is what makes an obstacle a door
instead of a wall, and our actions form the handle that
opens the way for us.
Fine in prospect, but I found that every chapter and theme
is illustrated with sporting stories, and all but a few are
intricate tales of American-specific sports about which I
know nothing. "In Orel Hershisher's book 'Between the
Lines' he tells a story about how he threw a two-hit
shutout at Wrigley Stadium in cold, windy conditions." I
don't know what sport this relates to, and whether this was
good or bad performance, and after a book filled with much
the same in the way of illustrations, I'm not going to look
it up. So this book won't suit everyone, but if you're a
sporting kind of person, it might be just right for you.
Not all the athletes are male; a lady golfer is presented,
Se Ri Pak, who determinedly stood knee deep in a water
feature to take a shot, but females are few. Roger
Bannister, first to break the four-minute mile, is one fine
example of a sportsman everyone should know, and he is used
to demonstrate confidence in oneself to do the impossible.
There are also lessons relating to musicians, including the
air disaster that killed Buddy Holly and other young
talents. Quotes from inspirational leaders such as Gandhi
are given to us, as well as a few nice stories about a
grandmother making a regular gift of Readers' Digest
magazines, or an unexpected job offer.
Dr Rob Bell tells us his five maxims, which include that
things happen for a reason, and that we should trust our
gut feelings. He explains that there are turning points in
our lives like the first job, or the driving licence, but
the biggest turning points are those we don't see coming.
These may be a tragedy, a second place when we hoped for a
first, or losing a position. Relationships get deeper or
they die, adds the author (reinforcing it with a tale about
a coach) and at times we will need to be the hinge for
others; we will have to support them and help them make the
right decision for their lives.
Provided you like sports - a lot - you may find inspiration
from this book and it may help you find, or be, THE HINGE.
Every door has a hinge. If it doesn't, it's a wall.
Have you ever noticed how the outcome of a close competition
depends upon one play or moment? If we look closer, every
season and career also possesses these crucial, pivotal
moments. It only takes one.
The Hinge is the one moment, event, or person that makes all
the difference. It connects who we are with who we become.
This is the importance of having Mental Toughness, will you
In this cutting edge book, you'll learn:
• How a plane crash changed the music landscape forever in
• How a blade of grass caused the dominance of Korean golf.
• What Hall of Famers really believe.
• The most important mental skills and how to apply them.
• Why we should listen to our gut.
• To understand that "it only takes one."