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The Difference Between a Champion and a Mere Competitor


“He (Ashton Eaton) loves the limelight when it means seeing his name on record boards,” Metcalf said. “But he doesn’t like to beat other people. As a high-school boys’ coach, you can kind of get in the grill a bit and pump them up, say ‘Let’s get this guy.’ But Ashton never worked that way.”

Metcalf told him to think of the decathlon as a competition against the self—a common enough approach, but one that continues to come in handy for Eaton, who, at this point, is often competing against his own records.”

Mary Pilon: Can Ashton Easton Save Decathlon? (New Yorker)

 When you truly don´t care about others and don´t enjoy winning other people than yourself, you have reached the highest level of mastery.

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Never Say Sorry

Never say:
“Sorry, I haven´t had time to prepare for the presentation.”
If I would get my money back every time someone has started presentation in seminar with these words, I would be millionaire. Of course not mentioning which currency that would be in and provided I would ever actually pay for seminar attendance. The principle still remains. Speaking to any kind of audience is privilege and it is just impolite to be unprepared.

“Sorry, I haven´t been updating my blog recently.”
Readers can already see that from the timestamps. Majority of them does not even really care. When you are not updating your blog, you fail first and foremost yourself. Blogging is time for thinking and if you skip it, it starts showing. Not immediately, but after a while.

Perspiration & Inspiration
Although I have written two books, hundreds of blog posts, thousands of presentations, documents & mails during my career, I do not enjoy writing, especially the starting of it. Whether I have an idea for blog post or not, the first words are the most difficult ones. After those ones, the process usually starts to work. You either get an idea or start polishing and evolving the one you had. Writing gives necessary boundaries to the thinking. You have to argument your points. In our field of work you cannot separate idea from its argumentation. Putting things in written format forces you to take responsibility of what you are saying.

For me, inspiration starts totally out of perspiration. And that being said, I am aiming to perspire way lot of more in the future. Also in this blog.

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