Hi everyone! This is my new weekly snapshot of some interesting things that have been going through my mind recently. These have helped me make each day a little more productive and a little less stressful, and I hope they can do the same for you.
Keep grinding, stay positive, and keep chasing whatever crazy goal you have for yourself. It's probably not as impossible as it seems :)
1. Failure doesn't mean "No, never." It just means, "No.....net yet."
When we think of world-class professionals, failure is on of the last things that comes to mind. But in reality, these people know failure better than anyone else.
-J.K. Rowling was rejected by a dozen publishers for the first Harry Potter book.
-Tom Brady nearly went undrafted (6th round pick) in the 2000 NFL Draft
-Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination"
I'm always looking for fun ways to challenge myself. As someone with an extreme Type-A personality, anything that isn't challenging can feel pretty boring. As the renowned New York Times Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says, "I don't look at things as difficult. I prefer to look at them as fun....because if it's not difficult, then it's not fun."
With this in mind, in September, I hesitantly signed up for the Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon. I was in my heaviest semester or coursework yet, I had just started my new job with the ASU Herberger Institute, and I had just started teaching a handful of private students. Excuses were plentiful and I nearly didn't sign up under the alibi of "I'm too busy and now isn't a good time for this," but was there ever going to be a good time?? Probably not any time soon - so here we go.
Training was going well until experiencing an increasingly...