The other day, I was talking to my sister and she mentioned that her husband had just finished the Spartan Beast, and she sent me over his time. His rankings were great! I looked at those numbers with envy because I am not a runner. It just does not appeal to me to chase after, or be chased by, some imaginary object. I will admit that I have run a Spartan before, but it was the Sprint, (so much shorter.) My time was garbage, in my eyes, but many good things came from it.
First, I was not last to cross the finish line that day so someone, somewhere thought my time was incredible. Second, I had an opportunity to run with some top-caliber people. People that I continue to look to for guidance in my unending quest for greatness. They push me, consciously or not, to be better than I already am. Lastly, I learned that my body is capable of some truly powerful stuff. Sure, I may not need to scale a wall 60% taller than I am, but I could.
Most importantly, I did it. Looking back, there were things that could have gone a lot better, but that is how life is. Why would we ever do things multiple times if there was no way of improving over last time? The Spartan Races are a lifestyle for some, a hobby for even more, and an enigma for others. This last group says things like, “yeah but why would you even do that?”
Made up of doubters, this last group is found in nearly any activity you can choose to do with your life. I started an athletic apparel company in February of 2016, Aggro Clothing, and plenty of people asked me why? My answer is still the same now as it was back then, because I read an article on A Better Lemonade Stand that said I could do it. Turns out, I could. The knowledge I have gained through playing with Aggro and my other two ventures, (an arbitrage company and a supplements brand that I’m currently working on) has been invaluable.
Is it always sunny, absolutely not, but without those rainy days, the sunny ones start to get boring. I don’t know if people are born entrepreneurs, but it was not until I was 30 that I started my first company. Not all of us are like Robert Kiyosaki, allegedly melting down metal in our driveway as a kid trying to “make” money, (this was from Rich Dad, Poor Dad.) It seems most of the big names in entrepreneurial spirit started as kids, or they have all these stories to show how they were born into this. I say to you, right now, if you have an idea then explore it. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80.
What makes me so great? I think it is my attitude that the opinions of others belong to them. I am going to try something simply because I felt like it, and if it pans out then I’ll help others. If it doesn’t work out for me, I’ll share my mistakes.
What Makes You So Great?