Can’t Overcome the Navy SEAL 40 Percent Rule? Science Shows How High Achievers Embrace a Different Mindset for Tackling Huge Goals

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Sometimes starting a successful business is a lot like exercise.

For example, imagine I put you on an exercise bike and ask you to pedal as hard as you can for five seconds so we can measure the power you generate. Then, after a short break, I ask you to ride until you run out of steam so we can measure your endurance. 

If you’re like the average person in the actual study published in PLoS One, you last about 12 minutes.

Then I ask you to immediately repeat the five second, all-out-effort power test.

You’re crazy, you think. You’re whipped. Pedal more? No way. You stopped because you can’t pedal any more.

Although it turns out you can: If you’re like the average person in the actual study, you produce three times more power than you did during the endurance test.

So why did you give up because you couldn’t pedal any more… yet somehow crank out substantial power seconds later? Clearly your muscles weren’t as exhausted, and your energy as depleted, as you thought. 

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This article was written by Jeff Haden and originally published on www.inc.com