Main theme for April 29, 2021
Common IDEAS have the power to broaden perspectives, change thinking and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious to look into:
Phil Knight on the competition:
“Emotions would be deadly. I had to stay cool. I thought back to my running career in Oregon. I had fought with and against men who were much better, faster and more physically gifted. Many were future Olympians. Yet I had trained myself to forget this unfortunate fact. People reflexively assume that competition is always a good thing, that it always brings out the best in people, but that only applies to people who can forget about competition. The art of competition, learned from the racetrack, was the art of oblivion, and I now remembered that fact. You have to forget your limits. You have to forget your doubts, your pain, your past. You have to forget that inner voice that screams and begs: “No more step!” And when it is impossible to forget, you have to negotiate with it. I thought about all the races where my mind wanted one thing and my body wanted another, those laps where I had to tell my body, “Yeah, you make some great points, but let’s go ahead anyway … ”
Source: Shoe Dog: A Memory from the Creator of Nike
Randy Komisar on personal success:
“Taking personal risk into account forces us to define personal success. We may find that the business failure we avoid and the business success we strive for do not lead us to personal success at all. Most of us have inherited ideas of “success” from someone else, or got there by facing a seemingly endless series of hurdles that span from elementary school to college to careers. We constantly judge ourselves according to criteria that others have established and rank ourselves in their game against others. Personal goals, on the other hand, leave us alone without the habit of uselessly measuring and comparing.
Work hard, work passionately, but devote your most precious asset – time – to what is most meaningful to you. What are you ready to do for the rest of your life? doesn’t literally mean what are you going to do for the rest of your life? That question would be absurd given the inevitability of change. No, the question is really: if your life ended suddenly and unexpectedly tomorrow, could you say that you did what is really important to you today? What would you do for the rest of your life? What would it take to do it now? “
Source: The Monk and the Enigma: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
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