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Not all of us dream of swimming 110 miles though shark-infested seawater, but we all have faced a time when we've gotten so discouraged that we've considered giving up on what we most want to achieve. Sixty-four-year-old Diana Nyad had to make five attempts before successfully crossing the ocean between Florida and Cuba this September. Here are the songs that got her through the darkest nights and meanest jellyfish—music that can help you soar past any obstacle and get back on track with your chosen goal, whatever it might be.
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