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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sisu: Mikko Salo documentary



Documentary on Crossfit athlete Mikko Salo. His resting heart rate is 31 bpm! See also here.

Great deadlift / burpee metcon @34min. Compare to lullaby :-)
Wikipedia: Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language. Sisu has been described as being integral to understanding Finnish culture. However sisu is defined by a long-term element in it; it is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain an action against the odds. Deciding on a course of action and then sticking to that decision against repeated failures is sisu. It is similar to equanimity, except the forbearance of sisu has a grimmer quality of stress management than the latter.
See Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.

2 comments:

botti said...

Great stuff, inspirational. For some reason the first thing that popped into my head seeing that term Sisu, was the exchange in Jerry Maguire about the Quan :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0fizqifumk

Mulcaster said...

Cruise looks like a girl here.

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