I recently listened to a podcast with the “Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence. He holds the world’s record for many things related to triathlon, most notably doing 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 states in 50 days!
For those of you who aren’t tri junkies, it means that he swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran a marathon EVERY day for 50 days….
I’ve actually listened to the podcast TWICE now, and the 2nd time I was furiously taking notes on my phone as fast as I could.
I figured: this guy is doing a LOT of things right…. There’s probably a few lessons I can learn from him to fuel my own success in triathlon, business, and life.
Boy was I right.
I want to share a few of the takeaways because they’re just too powerful to keep to myself:
- “People say they don’t have time for ______. And I say to them, no, you just don’t know what the definition of prioritizing and sacrifice is.”
To me, that is a huge deal… especially because we ALL use the “well, I don’t have time” excuse from time to time. He called us all out on our bullshit… we need to prioritize better.
- Tolerating monotony is an underrated superpower. In order to be great, you’ve got to be an expert at the basics.
- The man who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most amount of Ironman triathlons completed was once beat by a few stroller-striding moms having a full conversation in a 5k race.
What powerful information from an incredibly inspiring man. I hope that you feel fired up to carve your own path (with some help!) and author your own success, no matter where you are right at this moment. James is proof positive that it can happen for anyone who wants it badly enough.
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