Before You Know Your Vision

Many times, when I meet people, they wonder what to do before they have their vision.

They are unsure if they want to be an entrepreneur, doctor, filmmaker, etc.

Stuck in indecision about what it would look like to fully realize their dreams.

Know this.

It is okay to have a vision of finding your true passion. There is nothing wrong with this.

If you have a vision of finding your vision, imagine how you would live your life differently?

If you look at how you spend your day, does it reveal that you are truly committed to finding your deepest passions?

Are you getting going after new experiences and exploring new interests?

Or are you sitting around, hoping for it to fall in your lap?

Think about this, Lewis and Clark were explorers. They didn’t know they would discover Portland or the Pacific Ocean as they travelled west. They couldn’t know what they would find. Yet they were committed to being explorers.


They didn’t sit around hoping Portland would migrate to them. They set about to find whatever they found.

They lived in action.

How to Get (almost) Any Job

You can get (almost) any job if you are willing to be creative enough.

Quit doing what everyone else is doing. (sending thank you notes, following up with emails and phone calls).

And quit it with the excuses too.

That won’t cut it anymore.

You must find a way to astonish.

Short Story: The Lion and the Fox

I love short stories like this, and I hope you like it as well!

“A man was walking through the woods outside his home one day when he came across a hungry fox who seemed to be at death’s door. Because he was a kind man, he thought to bring it some food, but before he could go back to his home, he heard a fearsome roar and hid behind a tree. In seconds, a mountain lion appeared, dragging the carcass of its freshly caught prey. The lion ate its fill and then wandered off, leaving the remains for the grateful fox. The man was overwhelmed by this example of an abundant and benevolent universe and decided that he wouldn’t return to his home or his job. Instead of working hard to provide for himself, he would follow the example of the fox and allow the universe to provide for him. Needless to say, the fox wandered off, and as days turned to weeks, the man himself was hungry and at death’s door. Despite his best efforts to retain his faith, he was becoming desperate. In a rare moment of inner quiet, he heard the still, small voice of his own wisdom:“Why have you sought to emulate the fox instead of the lion?” With that, the man returned home and ate his fill.” Author Unknown

Trail Marathon Race Report

On October 11, 2014, I ran 26.2 miles from Lone Oak Point in Tilden Park to the Lake Chabot Marina.

Before March 2014, I had never ran over 10 miles in one run. This was because before then, I pretty much hated running.

But I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could pull it off.

Here is how it went.

Before the race, I felt great. I had eaten well, gotten rest, and stretched. I was ready to go.

Here is a picture of my gorgeous wife, Sarah and I, before the race began. I was so excited that she was able to join me at the starting line. She has always been supportive of me and my crazy ambitions.

This is a picture of a friend of mine, Don Wong, and I. Don and I leap frogged each other throughout the race, so it was a blast to chat with him from time to time along the trail.

Rookie mistake: I wore cotton socks. Apparently this is a no-no in running. But, being my first trail marathon, I did not know this.

And so, around mile 5, I developed blisters due to the downhill parts of the trail and all of the rubbing.

I thought, how wonderful, now I get to run 20 miles with blisters!

Thankfully, at the 7.5 mile checkpoint, they had athletic tape. So I taped my feet up so that the blisters didn’t get worse. Here is a picture of my feet after the race.

What is crazy about a trail run with just 200 runners is that I spent many parts of the trail running alone through the wilderness. It was amazing actually as I talked to myself out loud saying, “Here we go, here we go, here we go.”

I listened to music the first 15-20 minutes, but after that I enjoyed the silence of the forest and the faint sounds of my foot steps.

I was able to fight through the blisters, the heat, and the hills to cross the finish line at 6 hours, 18 minutes.

The run was such a mental battle. I remember crossing the half way point (13.1 miles) and feeling pretty good. I thought, okay, I’m half way.

Then, I remember having 10 miles left and wondering, “Do I have what it takes to make it?”

I just kept going. One foot after the other. I knew if I kept my feet going, I would make it.

Then, when I knew there were only 6 miles left, I knew I would make it.

Even if I had to walk, shuffle, or crawl, I knew I would make it.

And I did.

Above is a picture right after the finish line.

I hugged Sarah, found the closest chair, and had a joyous cry. If you can tell, I am a bit emotional in this picture.

There is just an inexpressible and indescribable joy that happens when you do something you have never done and never thought you would do.

Sharing the moment with Sarah was one of the greatest joys of my life.

All of the adventures Sarah and I have had passed through my mind and I got to add this experience to that. Journeying with Sarah has been pure joy.

I saw this sign and thought, maybe they should have put this at the beginning of the race. Because by the end, I may have outrun my joy of running. Ha! At this point, I was in quite a bit of pain and fatigue. Before long, I know I will be back out on the trails.

After I gathered myself, I went back to the finish line to snap this photo.

Overall, it was an awesome day.

Oh Failure

The one thing we fear the most, is often the thing we must embrace if we want to make a difference.

I am not sure what it is about failure that sends my mind spinning at times; yet at other times I embrace it with reckless abandon…aware of the importance of it on the road to having a meaningful life. 

The other day I was doing some public speaking.

I was planning to speak about 30 minutes. 

I ended up reworking my speech about 45 minutes before I was going to speak. Not sure I would recommend this, but it needed to be done.

Then, as I was walking up to speak, I was still figuring out my intro (since I had been reworking it in my head yet not come to a conclusion as to what I was going to say…)

50-60 people were expecting me to say something inspiring for 30 minutes and I couldn’t figure out the first 30 seconds. 

I wanted to bail.

But I refused. I knew I had to step into this moment.

So I ended up nailing the intro. 

Then, about 5-7 minutes into the speech, I lost where I was and where I was going. I look out and see all these people looking at me and in my head I am like, “All of these people are looking at me, I know I have something to say…it’s just not coming out…”

At that moment, I decided I was going to keep going. I took some large internal breaths and I decided I was going to connect the audience at all costs. I let go of my need to be confident or whatever was going on inside, and I just kept going. I looked over my notes, picked a point I knew was strong, and went for it.

I spit in the face of my fears. It felt like I had knocked out the bully on the jr high playground. 

I decided. That they. Were more important. Than me.

The best way to overcome your fear of failure is to put someone else above yourself. 

Because in that moment, you realize that in order to connect to them (if you really want to), you are going to have to fail along the way.

But when they see that you are willing to do whatever it takes to connect to them,

It will move them. 

Fear Causes us to React (Rather than Create)

If you are living your life based on fear, it indicates and reveals that you are in a mode of reacting.

The other option is to create.

People who choose to be courageous look at life as an opportunity to create. All day long.

Relationships, business deals, the thoughts in our heads, conversations, etc.

It’s all based on a choice. Don’t be fooled. Fear does not happen to you.

Fear or courage are ways you choose to respond to the things in your life.

One brings life. The other death.

Optimism Gene Discovered

This is a headline you will never see.

Because an optimism gene doesn’t exist.

And neither does a pessimism gene.

Both are choices that are invented in our minds as a response to life’s events based on how the world occurs to us.

Would you rather be in a room of people choosing to be optimistic or choosing to pessimistic?

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