Many of the athletes and scientists featured in Head in the Game say that what they are doing has the potential to change the world. I am generally averse to such grandiose claims, but in this case, they are more right than they are wrong.
I am humbled and awed by the work being done in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, and I am so grateful for it. I went into all of this wide-eyed and hungry, and now, as I move forward in talking about the book—here, in interviews, wherever people will let me—I can’t wait to share with you what a lot of very smart people have been teaching me.
Writing Head in the Game has been a dream experience. At times it was overwhelming and difficult and frustrating, for reasons that will become clear when you read the book. It’s been a heck of a process. But overall, a dream.
It has allowed me the privilege to dive deep into the human brain, and as a result, my own brain along the way. Going in, I had no clue just how much I would learn.
I have learned things that have changed my life—maybe even saved it.
As I wrote, I realized I was thinking about who I was about seven years ago, as a senior in college watching my dream of playing pro baseball slip away because I couldn’t get my mind right. Even beyond baseball, I wanted to do well in life, and yet I was struggling with some things I did not understand, some things that I was scared of and that the world made fun of and that I just did not want to deal with.
Now, in large part because of my work on HitG, I understand my brain—and thus myself. Not entirely, but well enough. I am far less afraid, and I am much healthier.
Head in the Gmae, the book, is now out in the wild. Go snatch one.
Meanwhile, I’ll use this blog to share adventures, stuff from my notebook, and other coolness that didn’t make the final cut.
First, a super-brief preview from the book itself—a snippet of conversation I had with an enthusiastic Australian character:
“Man,” I say. “Sometimes this feels like exploring deep space.”
“Right!” he says, grinning big and throwing up his hands. “So, f—ing jump on for the ride, everyone. Let’s go!”
Thanks for jumping on for the ride, everyone. Can’t wait to see where it takes us.