Category Archives: Champions

The 100M Dash – A Course on Success

In 1936 – at the Berlin Olympics – Jesse Owens set the record for the 100m dash with a time of 10.3 seconds.  Today, that time wouldn’t even make the cut.  Below is a link to the evolution of this record.  Let this serve as yet another reminder that the bar continues to be raised, in business, sports, and life.  The 100m dash is a microcosm of life as we know it. Are you working smarter?  Are you demanding more of yourself?  Or are you part of the 96% that never earn elite status?

Evolution of the 100 Meter Dash

I can go anywhere. I can do anything.

This morning at the gym I saw an older man on the lateral chest machine, squeezing his old wrinkly pecs together to sustain any remaining definition he might have left. The man looked a bit like Lou Holtz, probably about 75 years old. What was impressive though was what’s underneath those pecs – a lot of heart. Wearing a simple grey T-shirt similar to those overworn “College” shirts slapstick humored freshman used to wear, the words on the shirt read: ” I can go anywhere. I can do anything”.

Being the motivation junkie that I am, and extra optimistic because “old lady bath and body works” was NOT at the gym today which allowed me to take in Oxygen, I asked him, ” Sir, love the shirt. You mind if I take a picture?” His answer was interesting as he replied, “Ah thanks but I don’t need people to know where I’m going”. Either he wears this shirt every day and that’s his coined line, or he said something very thought provoking. Do we need others to know about our accomplishments as we pursue them? In the world of self-promotion and branding and nonstop tweets, posts, and updates, is it necessary to tell others everything? I’m not saying which way I lean here, and from a professional standpoint it’s certainly the Meconomy out there, but are we doing things to fulfill our own passions or to impress others?

In the end, I snuck the pic anyway (shown here) but the bottom line: You can go anywhere. You can do anything. Regardless of who’s watching.


Be Ten Times Better (by David Kidder, the Startup Playbook)

What do you do that is or could be 10 X better than the competition….?

Be Ten Times Better (by David Kidder)

“…..The reality is that you need an atomic-grade weapon in your arsenal that can destroy the military–grade protections the incumbents arsenal have erected to keep you away from their customers.  If you’re wondering why customers are not flocking to your start-up, it is likely because you have not figured out how to beat those defense systems.”

Luckily, there is a simple way to win.  And by simple, I mean it is absolutely the most difficult thing you have to accomplish for your start-up to thrive: be ten times better than your competitors.  You cannot be incrementally better.  Incrementalism kills companies.  Your entire organization must focus on an area of strength where you can compete with your competitors and radically differentiate your company by being ten times better than anyone else in the world.

Beating Robin Hood

Robin Hood is glorified as a romantic hero who robbed from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood was a crook!

The smart money avoids the modern day tax trap through smart financial strategies, but gives to the poor (the ones who deserve it) by choice anyway.

Motivational Image – Confidence

Motivation From Professional Athletes

“You can’t put a limit on anything.  The more you dream, the farther you get” –Michael Phelps

“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.” – Mia Hamm

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside them:  a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali

Motivational Quotes – Champions & Excellence

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.” -Warren G. Bennis

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character”  -T. Alan Armstrong

Motivational Image – Champions Do What They Hate In Order To Get What They Want…

“Man In Full” Motivation – The Story of Mike Powell “Man In Full”

Simon Sinek Motivation – Motivational Video “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Fast Tube by Casper