Formula for Success

Success = Failure + Failure + Failure

You have to be passionate enough to never give up and smart enough to learn from your mistakes.

Blessing in Disguise

When something amazing happens to someone it’s a blessing. But when something goes wrong or something bad happens, it’s all of the sudden tragic. Why me? Why not the other guy, I don’t deserve this.

Everything in life that happens to you, whether good or bad, can be a learning experience for you to grow as an individual and become a better person. Everything in life is a blessing in disguise!

So the next time something bad happens, think of it as a blessing. First take the time to recognize and accept your feelings. Might be sadness, initial regret, or frustration. But don’t dwell on those feelings. Realize it was a blessing in disguise and think of why it happened and think of ways to learn from that experience.

How would you live if money didn’t matter?

“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.” -Alan Watts

I have never really valued money like most people do. I have always put happiness, passions and experiences over money. I am a true believer in following your dreams. I would much rather do what I love doing making a minimal income that be completely unhappy making a surplus of money. I have never been able to wrap my mind around the fact that most people live there life in a miserable way just to have more money.

How would you live your life if money didn’t matter? What type of things would you do? I think it’s time we discover our passions and dreams. I think it’s time we live a meaningful life. Follow your dreams.

Listen to this to inspire yourself today and share it with friends:

Destin 50K

destin2013-1  One of the great things about long distance races, is that you get the opportunity to have everything fall apart. And notice how I said opportunity. Everything you experience in life, good or bad, gives you the chance to learn. Which in turn becomes an opportunity to better yourself.

 This was the second time I ran the Destin 50K. Last year and this year were somewhat similar until a certain point in the race. I definitely was in way better shape this year than last, but what I took away from this year’s race that I didn’t from last, was that attitude is everything.

Last year I hit the wall around mile 19 and never recovered. It was a drag fest of mostly walking and a bit of running sprinkled in. When things went south I couldn’t get over the fact that I had a meltdown. I was pissed at myself for doing something wrong and all I wanted to do was to get the race over with. Even when the race was over, I still had this cloud over me for about a week. I couldn’t stop dwelling on how bad of a race it was.

This year was different. I hit the wall around mile 23 and for just a second I got mad. Then I realized that I was on a beautiful beach doing what I love. The negativity washed away (no pun intended) and I kept a positive outlook about the race. There was absolutely no reason to feel down. Yeah I had to walk a bit to recharge my battery, but I was determined to get out of my rut. A few miles later, my positive attitude paid off and I was off and running again!

I finished over an hour faster than the previous year. And best of all, I was proud of myself rather than upset, like I was the year before. Even though I didn’t win the race, it was a huge success in my book.

So no matter what situation you find yourself in, always keep a positive attitude. Whether you are running an ultra or grinding away at work, always stay positive. No matter how low you feel, there will always be something to be positive about. Being negative gets you nowhere and makes your life feel miserable. Keep a positive attitude and the world will seem that much better.

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Mistakes

“Mistakes are proof that you are TRYING”

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Live!

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out
    in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
    of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time. -Jack London

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