Paul wrote Clutch!:Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Other Don’t for two reasons. First, Paul watched otherwise bright people crumble during the 2007-2009 financial meltdown. He wondered why.
Second, he is a golfer and he has a history of clutching during tournaments, despite being a good golfer.
People who succeed under pressure are grinders, just grinders at a high level. They don’t think about the outcome, they think process.
Clutch is the ability to do what you under normal circumstances under pressure.
There are five characteristics of a “clutch” performance. They are: a. Focus b. Discipline c. Adaptability d. Being truly present and e. Having the fear and desire to win.
Paul draws a key differentiation between focus and concentration. You have to hear this.
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