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Tough Mudders

“A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” – Charles M. Schwab


Many people are addicted to easy. The easy way to weight loss, the easy way to be healthy, the easy way to make money…easy, easy, easy. It’s a weird and wonderful planet when among those who’ve made couch surfing a sport, there are those dedicated to extreme challenges. Opposite ends of the spectrum no doubt, and for that reason so fascinating. What makes someone disdain physical activity, even the most modest, while others can’t live without it?

No "I" in Team

Throughout high school, I can remember that group work was often taken on begrudgingly by most students. And by the time I got to university, not much had changed – there were the hard workers and the slackers, and not much in between.

But, despite some of the obvious challenges, these group assignments taught me an important lesson. That is, that the product that resulted from the team was most often stronger than what any one individual would have created on their own.

The "L" Word

No matter what your age or life stage, I ask you to reflect on your life for a moment or two. What are the thoughts and memories that come to mind first? I'll go out on a limb and say that they probably involve love…love for a child, a partner, a sibling, a parent, a friend…And though we've all experienced its richness, we sometimes struggle to understand it.

The Greatest Invention

Think on the inventions that have transformed the way we live our lives. One of the first that come to mind for me is technology. No doubt the effects of the personal computer and ubiquity of the Internet have changed our lives profoundly and forever.

But think of an invention that hasn’t changed much since its original form, has steadfastly endured the test of time and is globally relevant. I would argue that using that as criteria for evaluation, the bicycle is the greatest invention of all time. Sure I’m biased, but indulge me for a second.

Speechless

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke

Sanctuary

Meditation is often celebrated as a means of managing stress and centering oneself. Others exercise, and others still may party the night away. However you decompress, there is no question that it’s necessary.

For me it’s all about cycling. When I’m on my bike, it’s like nothing else exists. Nothing else matters. It's a liberating feeling that I experience no other way.

Just Do It

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." -Jim Rohn

I've always admired and been fascinated by an athlete’s commitment to their sport…by their willingness and ability to consistently push their limits to achieve new goals despite the pain, struggle, competition.
What makes this type of achievement possible? In a word, self-discipline. This trait is required for so much in life, without which people find themselves struggling for focus and motivation.