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Why do we squeeze the life out of our moments?

A while back I had set out to write a book called The Invictus Principle. Invictus is often referred to as the ability to master one’s own fate as described in the 1973 Ernest Henley poem carrying the same title. My thought process behind the book was to interview as many high performers as possible and tease out a formula that you and I could apply to our own lives. A three to five step process that if followed, would all but guarantee success in whatever your chosen pursuit happen to be. I wanted to know how we might learn to define our own parameters for a successful life and what formula might help us achieve whatever that is. An...

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What if this isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson You have an ability to harbor two extremely different mindsets when dealing with adversity and while both are available to you, the one that you choose to adopt will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your long term success. Often due to a lack of perspective, we have a propensity to get caught up in the mundane. We focus on things that really don’t matter in the broad sense of our lives and we allow our neurosis to dictate our emotional state. We obsess over things we can’t change and we become angry in the wake of a reality that doesn’t...

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Leverage the things that you love

20 years ago you and I would have conducted business on a very different landscape. The relevant conversations took place in person or over conference call. The way that others perceived you was nothing more than your reputation, work ethic and the way that you conducted yourself day to day. Even just a decade ago and we would have enjoyed the luxury of being able to avoid certain societal norms and business practices that today, mean the difference between success and failure. At the start of the century you could have objected to the notion of a personal profile. An online presence bearing all that you are too the world. Those were only for college kids, far below the class...

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An essay for a better life

For all of the careening at terminal velocity and the gut wrenching, inverted circles that might take place, Skydiving has, for the most part, proven to be safe. The law of percentages, not to mention a thorough pre-jump check list, allows even the perpetually grounded humans a feeling of flight while safely touching them back on the ground from where they began. Uncomfortably shaken up perhaps, on the edge of fear for sure, a bit worn out and uncomfortable from going fist-to-cuffs with gravity, but nevertheless, returned safely. Unchanged, except for the ear to ear smile, the transcendence of spirit and the itch to go again, maybe even to go bigger. Skydiving for the first time can teach us a...

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Get stronger to go longer: Strength training for endurance athletes

In general, runners, bikers, triathletes and most endurance athletes tend to treat the free weight section of the gym like it’s a gluten filled cake on a hipster's birthday. Complete avoidance with the occasional snarky comment about getting too big or building useless muscles. Fortunately, we are at a point in the evolution of sport where we know that endurance athletes avoiding strength training and lifters avoiding aerobic conditioning is to their detriment. We now have the studies to back up the fact that strength training helps endurance athletes: Improve body composition (reduces fat, increased lean tissue) Increases muscular power which transfers to speed over the ground Increases movement efficiency and my personal favorite And helps to keep you injury...

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