Day 765 – Thankful for Drawing Multiple Inspirations from a Personal Hero

There were two separate instances today in which I drew inspiration from a personal hero of mine, Scott Jurek.  In one moment it was inspiration to run, in another it was inspiration to push past myself.

This morning I woke up early, even beating Becky out of bed!  There was one goal in my head, to get a solid run in to start the day.  One I had my shoes laced up I fired up the last thirty minutes or so of one of my favorite books, Born to Run.  In the finale Scott is racing  in a 50 mile race in the desert and I couldn’t help but drift from that to thinking of his adventure on the Appalachian Trail.  I’d recently finished Scott’s book, North, and the stories of more than 46 straight days of running to get him through the 2,189 miles of that trail.  As I remembered those stories I started to think about why I run.  Before I knew it I was floating and what was going to be a normal four mile run suddenly doubled into eight.  Had I not had a meeting at work I might have knocked out a few more miles, I was feeling that great!

In a meeting with some of my team today we spent time talking about my vision of where we’re taking our business “run.”  The goals I have for myself and my team are incredibly lofty and possibly borderline ridiculous, but they’re just this side of do-able and would leave an incredible impact on our communities.  Knowing just how hard we’re going to have to push and work to get there I used the story of Scott’s trip on the Appalachian…  including this picture of him finishing what he started.

Scott Jurek

After so much hard work and perseverance Scott gritted out all 2,189 miles of the AT in 46+ days.  In comparison, we need to move towards our goal in a similar fashion.  Our dream is grand and it’s going to take an enormous amount of grit to get us there.  To remind us to not only tolerate, but appreciate that challenge I used a quote that Scott has used before (originally from William James in 1906):

Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.

How’s that for a nugget of instant motivation?  It is in this mindset that we can actually push ourselves beyond the edge of the map and see what we really have in us, only to then push past this new perception.

So tonight I’m so thankful for the two pieces of motivation drawn from one of my heroes, Scott Jurek.  We’ve never met, but he had a huge impact on my teams and I today!


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