Week #06 in the year 1971 ,Alan Shepardbecame the first human to hit a golf ball on the Moon. He was 2463.86 weeks old. (47.25 yrs)
Week #06 in the year 1974,Dorothy Hamill,won the Olympic Gold Medal in Women's figure skating. She was 915.29 weeks old. (17.55 yrs)
Week #06 in the year 1936 ,Jay Norwood Darling "Ding Darling", Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist, united conservationists behind a single organization to protect the Nation's Wildlife, called the National Wildlife Federation. He was 3093.57 weeks old. (59.32 yrs)
This is refreshing. I don't know about you, but I often see the world as zero sum. Meaning, if I have something, and you copy it, the copy cuts the value of my thing in half. I think this is a fairly common default mode of thinking for us westerners. Years spent in business have polished that sharp edge.
But...If I really want to offer what I have to the universe, then I need to hope people copy it... because if someone isn't interested in copying, then it probably wasn't worth doing in the first place.
It can get tiresome to blaze a trail, but that is what is required of people who want to change the world... It's fine to rest occasionally and let someone else lead, but eventually you HAVE to head off in an uncharted direction again, and hopefully some folks follow your lead. And then they can take what you have learned and blaze new trails...for others to follow them.
What I am Thinking About This Week
The Rule of Thirds.
As part of my renewed commitment to my fitness, I signed up with a trainer in early December. His name is Bryce, he's great, and there is really something to be said for having someone push you a bit, even with their mere presence.
Yesterday when I showed up to workout, I said to Bryce, "I'll be honest, I am in a shitty mood, and don't feel like it today."
And as I was warming up, he told me "That's ok, its just The Rule of Thirds."
It is a spectacular idea. If you are chasing a goal, or multiple goals, and you feel good 100% of the time, something is wrong.
Goals require you to get uncomfortable, and being uncomfortable should be mentally tough on occasion.
Progress doesn't happen as steady forward motion, and the most important days aren't the 1/3rd that feel good. The important days are the 1/3rd that suck but you show up anyway... even if you have to phone it in a bit... show up.
Also, it is a bit of a relief, on days where you feel kind of mid, to remember this is an essential part of the journey, and not a failure.
1/3rd good days, 1/3rd mid days, and 1/3rd crappy days.