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“More than showing up.”

Story Athlete November GRIT is underway! I love the first week of GRIT challenge. Every day a new workout is posted and the anticipation of not knowing the torture we will all face is exciting. It’s a test of Will. Will you show up? Will you push yourself? Will you give it everything you’ve got? Or will you let the voice of the lesser self in? That voice that tells you to give up or … [Read more...]

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“Lead the league in effort.”

When I was a teacher, I hated nothing more than the student that wouldn’t try. Or even worse, would half ass just to get by. When their aim was to do the bare minimum—just enough to not be noticed. Or so they thought. (I was always watching) It was even more infuriating to see some kids put in the least amount of effort but have the most potential or talent. Funny thing is, I’m sure I was … [Read more...]

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Happiness of pursuit

“I’m more interested in the happiness of pursuit than I am in the pursuit of happiness.“ -Emily Fletcher I’ll be the first to admit that I am never satisfied. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s not that I’m not happy… In fact, I am extremely happy with my life! There are so many things to be grateful for. But I always know there is more. There is always an opportunity to improve. … [Read more...]

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Hope…

Going through the StoryAthlete GRIT challenge, I was inspired to read the book GRIT. In the book, Angela Duckworth defines the four pillars of a person who has GRIT which include Interest, Practice, and Purpose. The final element is Hope. She clarifies that it’s not the kind of Hope that most people think of when they hear that word. Instead, “It rests on the expectation that our own … [Read more...]

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The edges…

Eli has been very into coloring and drawing lately. Last night he divided a piece of paper into 4 quadrants and was coloring each section a different color. The edges were the hardest. When he got to the edge of the paper his pencil would run off of the page as he vigorously scribbled to cover every inch of the page with color. Frustration built every time the paper would bend and tear … [Read more...]

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Why Wim?

I just happened to stumble upon Wim Hof through a post in the Story Athletes group. Sometimes when you see someone talk, there is an instantaneous and magnetic attraction to their character and their ideas. Story Athletes acts as an open source community of like minded individuals. And we are often naturally attracted to the same types of people doing interesting, inspiring, and amazing … [Read more...]

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Therapy…

I listened to a podcast yesterday with Lauren Handel Zander. She spoke on radical candor... “People are afraid to tell the whole truth about who they are, what they’ve done, what they think.” She went on to talk about how radical candor and being true to yourself is an expression of self love. And learning how to be open enough to share this truth with others is the only way to create … [Read more...]