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Running As A Metaphor

I found this blog post at Larry Cheng’swebsite. As I continue to move towards planting a church, this post speaks loud in so many ways. Read and enjoy!

As many of you know who follow me on twitter, I’ve been running a fair amount this year.  I competed with a bunch of VCs in a winter stair climb up Boston Place (41 floors/82 flights).  Since then I have competed in the Lexington 5–miler, the Team Hoyt 5k, and today the 5–mile Run To Remember.  I am also training for a track meet where I hope to rekindle some capabilities in the 200 meter and 400 meter sprints.

The more I run, the more I feel like the lessons you learn in running are lessons for life.  I even find that there are great metaphors from running for entrepreneurship and leadership.  You might have to be a runner to appreciate some of these, but I thought I’d share them with you:

  1. When you start out of the blocks, keep your head down and stretch big on your first step.
  2. When you’re at top speed, relax.  Trying to accelerate more will only slow you down.
  3. Running with others will help you run faster and longer.
  4. Know when you have a tailwind and know when you have a headwind.  Adjust accordingly.
  5. Don’t start too fast.
  6. When you don’t want to run, just go outside and take the first step.
  7. Knowing the course makes a big difference.
  8. If you’re starting to get winded, just slow down your pace until you catch your breath.
  9. Listen to your body.
  10. When you’re tired, focus on maintaining your form to maintain your speed.
  11. Run through the finish line.
  12. Trying doesn’t replace training.
  13. Run your own race.

“”I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
-Jesse Owens

(At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Emil Zatopek won the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and the Marathon – setting Olympic records in each event.)

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Influence from Kevin Carroll

I’ve been reading Kevin Carroll’s book “The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball.” You may be asking what does this have to do with homelessness, well you have to get the book.

Below is a clip about Kevin that you can watch. Also several thought provoking questions from his book that I find very inspirting.

1. What would you do for free?

2. What activities enthrall you?

3. What in life do you find irresistible, a source of inspiration, a reason to get out of bed?

4. What dream do you chase?

5. What topics do you love to discuss and ponder?

6. What’s your primal source of joy?

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If By Rudyard Kipling

If by Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorite poems for motivation. What’s yours? Leave a comment.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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Get Back In The Game

When it feels as if all hope is lost…everything thing you’re trying to do in the name of Jesus is falling through the cracks. Yet, there is something burning deep, deep, deep inside your heart to keep pushing; I have five words for you….


Photo copyright by MGM.

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Just A Few Thoughts

While we’re a fews days into the new year it’s important to keep faith at the center of it all life’s matters. Already, me like many of you, have felt the temptation to sway off course from what you know is important to accomplish in this season of life. To not become distracted is going to require much focus on what’s priority.

Thank God for his mercy when we fall of the path…..let’s not let this become a scapegoat constantly to slip up. Gotta keep the traction!

Consitency is another important aspect that can’t be overlooked. With just a few days until the first pre-launch activity it’s easy to get off track. With so much pushback to do what’s really possible from the powers that be….is beginning to get to make me wonder if this is really worth all the hassle.

We’ll see whether or not all of our efforts were worth the work put into receiving a great response.

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