Growing Super Stars: Part 2

Who are you hanging around?recordbutnotquite

If you are interested in being a track star are you hanging around couch potatoes?

When you are ready to push yourself, you drop the ineffective parts of your training without a second thought. For a business owner who is about to blast off, that may mean you stop hanging out with government employees. Or at the very least you probably minimize the professional contact with those who won’t understand your 18 hour work days.

Instead you seek out other business owners who are pushing their limits.

And if you’re really clever,

You look for the folks who have paved the path before you . . . and you get as close to them as possible. Experience the way the best do what you want to do and your energy surges. You push to match. That’s the nature of your competitive spirit.

Even if you do “get your butt kicked” you still set some records.

This photo (courtesy of Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images) shows Tyson Gay breaking the American world record with a time of 9.71 – which would have set the world record had Usain Bolt not been in the race. “The Jamaican shattered the world record again Sunday, running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at the world championships to turn his much-anticipated race against Tyson Gay into a one-man show.”

I may not like losing, but if I’m going to lose, I’d rather lose to the best.

8 thoughts on “Growing Super Stars: Part 2”

  1. Great post, Kate. It is absolutely true that those we associate with influence us greatly. In fact, I’ve read that you can tell what your future looks like by looking at those you associate with.

  2. Another example is the year Sammy Sosa topped the Babe’s record of 60 home runs in one season with his own 62 home runs. But the record wasn’t his that year because Mark McGuire hit 64. Did each man push the other to performance beyond what would have been achieved without the mutual influence?

  3. If I had to loose I rather loose to the best too. I enjoy being around people who understand what training is about. When the people around you continue to parrot “moderation” you know your with a bunch who accept mediocrity as the norm. In reality if you want to be world class moderation is exactly what you must avoid.

    Keri Eagan

  4. I can sure relate to this. It has caused some friction in my life (avoiding those that continually complain/critize… about the same things over and over) If I can’t avoid the crowd I try to change the subject. It is negative/unproductive.

    I may not like losing, but if I’m going to lose, I’d rather lose to the best. Great thought.

    I don’t care about losing it’s about the experience.

  5. Well, you are getting your quota a posts from me today. I was having your site close on me when I hit the comment key. Probably me doing something out of order.

    In my first post (that didn’t get registered for some reason) I said your observation about time of peak performance brought to mind the book by Malcolm Gladwell “Outliers” which covers the same idea.

    Anyway, your ideas about fostering excellence are very useful.

  6. I wish I could hang around this bunch! Good point. Kind of like that “Birds of a feather flock together” saying.

    Lisa McLellan

  7. Indeed, I have some dear friends whom I used to be much closer with who have SUCH employee mentalities that it is almost a problem when we do hang out together. We have entirely different interests and values, and I am hearing of the same problem they have had and done nothing about for over 10 yrs. I care about them… however I want to have the stimulation of hanging with other race horse stallions so I run free as well as push myself.

    We all have problems. I just try to have different ones now that I had 10 yrs ago. Plus I find there is a lot they want me to help them with where they also have no intention of paying me for my time or even writing me a testimonial. A whole bunch of things. For me? Lessons well-learned recently.

    Like with (often women are in this position) single women in a caring relationship which is going nowhere when what she wants is to be and feel cherished and to get married. Kiss him. Bless him, And send him on his way with a loving intention and seek what you want and we will attract and find it.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

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