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If you’ve followed this Blog for a while, you’ll notice a subliminal message behind the articles.
Since I turned 48 years old today, I’m probably old enough to be your father for half my readers (based on the Internet stats and demographics)
Behind all the training and nutrition tips, and all the post race analysis, there’s an underlying message here on SpeedEndurance:
Stay in School, and there’s more to life than Track and Field.
When you lose, don’t be too sad, but when you win, don’t be too happy. I really dislike the showboat stuff (sorry Usain), but if it helps with the audience and TV ratings, then I guess it’s okay. We all have to pay the bills somehow.
You see, that’s what old geezers like to do… give advice to the young folks.
Happiness and Success
You’ll notice the tag line for this Blog from Day 1, even if it doesn’t have a logo:
Success in Tack and Field… and Life.
Here’s a quote from a famous person who stole the quote from someone else (doesn’t everyone steal from everyone else? Clyde Hart does!)
I’ll sum up my thoughts on happiness in 2 lines:
Happiness and Success in life are not the result of what we have, but rather of how we live.
What we do with the things we have makes the biggest difference in the quality of life.
How to Live the Lifestyle you Desire
This is my creed, similar to what John Wooden’s father gave him when he was a little boy. These are the 4 points I lead my life:
- Philosophy – how you think. I am a Buddhist (it’s NOT a religion) and I follow the works of the Dalai Lama.
- Philanthropy – help others a lending hand. At a minimum, give back 1% of your time, money and equity back to the people. (This is easy to do, especially when you have no money, no equity and no time! Marc Benioff, are you reading this?)
- Attitude & Reaction – Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% on how you react to it. See my old attitude article back in 2007. In life, you will be dealt issues outside of your comfort zone. How to react to it, especially in front of your children, will make a big impact on everyone.
- Results – measure often to see if you are making progress. What you measure, you can improve.
So what is the end result?
A Lifestyle – the kind of life you can make for yourself out of the first 4 points above.
If you’ve read this far, congrats, because it shows you have the ambition and desire to improve all aspects of your life. And not just on the track, though I enjoy every personal victory, even if it means a PB on the track!