TRUE GRIT: MSU Professor Puts Life’s Work Into New Book

By Jim Rueda
The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Minnesota State professor Condra Kamphoff, has a Ph.D in sport and performance psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Kamphoff hopes her new book “Beyond Grit”, helps people to reach their goals and to learn how to handle adversity that crops up along the way.

The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.

Sometimes inspiration is born from tragedy.

Minnesota State professor Cindra Kamphoff may not have known it at the time, but back on April 15, 2013, she began following that tenent.

That was the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. She had just completed the race and was back in her hotel room just blocks from the finish line when the bombs went off.

She watched the calamity unfold from her hotel window and realized how close she came to being one of the victims. Soon after began a journey of introspection.

For 20 years she had spent her working life researching, assembling knowledge and putting together tools to help people maximize their abilities. In short, she had become a high-performance coach for both athletes and executives and was in high demand as a keynote speaker at clinics and workshops.

But the bombing in Boston made her rethink what she was doing.

“I began to question what my purpose was,” she said. “Was I maximizing my abilities and knowledge? Was I doing enough with the tools I had acquired?

Dan Kamphoff, Cindra’s husband, who was with her in Boston that day, said he noticed a slight shift in her direction.

“Something like that changes your priorities,” Dan said “I think it gave her a heightened sense of immediacy to do things.”

A short time earlier she had founded and became the director of the Center of Sport & Performance Psychology at MSU. One of the first of its kind in the country.

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