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The Hinge

The Hinge, November 2013
by Dr Rob Bell

Other Press
120 pages
ISBN: 0989918491
EAN: 9780989918497
Kindle: B00GBF777M
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A sports coach shares his positive thinking lessons"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Hinge
Dr Rob Bell

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted January 29, 2014

Non-Fiction Sports | Self-Help

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.

Learn more about 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 be ready?

In this cutting edge book, you'll learn:

• How a plane crash changed the music landscape forever in America. • 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."

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