Seth Godin – Nugget of Wisdom

Email from Seth Godin:

“But I might get rejected”

Indeed, you might.

You might get your hopes up only to find them dashed.  You might decide on where you want to go, and then not get there.  You might fall in love with a vision of the future and then discover it doesn’t happen.

How much would that hurt? How much would it hurt to have those hopes, those decisions and that love turn out to be all for nothing?

Of course, it’s not for nothing. In fact, those hopes, those decisions and that love is the foundation for a path worth pursuing. It’s what makes us better.

Sure, the odds are against you, but I think that’s a lousy reason to avoid exploring something. “Will I get in?” is not nearly as good a question as, “Is it worth trying?”  Don’t apply (to this or to anything else) just because you can, but yes, apply to something that matters to you, something worth dreaming about.

You might get rejected. So what?

Leap.

A Life Worth Remembering

One thing you can do to follow your heart and pursue your passion is to live as lean as you can in your younger years. The more baggage you have.. the house.. the car/s, family.. it all makes it harder to explore options and really find what makes your heart beat hardest.

Live lean, explore until you feel it in your heart. Pursue that path and then along the way you can happily add the baggage and not resent it.

Thanks to Rich Roll for showing me this video:

Open your eyes and heart to the world.

I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively, and push the scope of my experience. For adventure. And through passion.

Heavy waves, waves with weight. They coax from comfortable routine. Ignite the imagination. Convey some divine spark.  Whisper possibilities.

If I only scrape a livin’, at least it’s a livin’ worth scrapin’. If there’s no future in it, at least its a present worth rememberin’. For fires of happiness. And waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point on Earth at that moment in time. To do something worth rememberin’.

The dude behind the video

Cyborg – Following Your Passion and Love

Great post by Zac. What an amazing story about a humble guy who:

  • Followed his belief for his passion, not money.
  • Surrounds himself with people he loved.
  • Persisted when there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Gets out of his comfort zone.
  • Crazy work ethic.  Sweat is not enough.  You have to bleed for what you want.
  • Give it and share your best. Present a good thing to people and it will come back to you. Opportunities will come.
  • You have to give what you love a shot, or you will never know if it will work out. So if you really believe in and love what you do take that chance. Throw yourself at the world and see what happens and you’ll grow up as a person.

Which leads to getting the fruits of the seeds he planted with things money cannot buy such as real friends, family, giving back, doing what you love (Cyborg’s definition of success).

Daily Workout

Felt a little sluggish today and didn’t drink any caffeine.  Took it easy

15 min of moderate rowing

Leg Press – 175lbs, 10 reps x 3

Ab pull downs 5 sets

Side bends 15 reps x 2

Dips – 2 Sets and had a pain in left tricep so I stopped

Foam rolled back.  Tight in upper right.

 

Kettle Ride

Sunday, 10 mile John Muir loop ride with Steveo.  Took a few breaks and rode at a moderate pace.

Time – 1:00:57.

Notes:  Feel like I figured out standing and sitting through hills.  30 PSI in tires is working good.  Maybe try dropping pressure down a bit more.

Golf and Slacklining

My brother treated me to a round at Kettle Moraine golf course in Wisconsin.  Groupon – $40 each for 18 holes, cart, driving range, and $10 for food/drink. Davin Paul Eberhardt Davin Paul Eberhardt Finally setup the slackline.  It’s an e-line from Yogaslackers. Directions are a bit confusing and I found the Youtube video much easier to follow along.   Davin Paul Eberhardt Yogaslacker slackline

^ Don’t pay attention to the ghetto bubble wrap setup haha.  I didn’t have a old yoga mat or anything else to use and didn’t want to damage the tree or line. Will have a more pro looking setup in the near future.

Perseverance

I am coming across a principle that keeps rearing its ugly head.  I was reminded today when looking at a Facebook post of an article done by Outside magazine.

Perseverance

Meet the Most Punishing Man in Fitness

On a sprawling farm in Vermont, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena runs a business and a fitness crusade. He’ll train anyone who shows up, with one major caveat: You must submit to his every cruel and unusual whim.

“It’s easy to quit. It’s hard to keep going with anything.” This is the single most important characteristic I have found with successful people.  They work their butt off and keep showing up constantly working themselves to exhaustion. Pushing themselves until they pass out or almost die is an everyday affair. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Travis Pastrana – Professional extreme athlete
  • Joe De Sena – Athlete and business owner
  • Greg Plitt – Fitness model
  • Gary Vaynerchuck – Business and marketing
  • Ricky Carmicheal – Motocross racer
  • Rich Roll – Ultramarathoner
  • Robert Cheeke – Vegan bodybuilder
  • Thomas Edison – Failed 1093 times before the light bulb lit

And the list could go on and on. This also applies to other theaters of life.  Thinking of relationships.  The ones that struggle usually quit and get divorced when things get hard. Jumping to new relationship to new relationship because they can’t stick through tough times.

How does one cultivate perseverance of this extreme?  How do you know you’re putting the effort into the right things?  How do you handle sacrifice in other areas in your life that will inevitably suffer due to being out of balance?