My Cross Country Running Secret

The Client Letter
July 25, 2013
Sunny 72 Degrees

16 minutes 49 seconds…

The details are fuzzy by now. But to the best of my recollection, somewhere in that range is the best time I ever posted in high school to run a 5K race. My first mile times during races were generally just over 5 minutes.

As it turns out, I was good at running. And I quickly went from my first 5K race time of about 21+ minutes, to down around the 17 minute mark.

I still remember the race where our number one runner was having an off day and I beat him. I was really excited to see my name in the paper that day.

As cool as all this sounds, there was a problem with my cross country career:

I hated running.

Let me rephrase that. I liked running when it was over. I liked having run the races. I liked having completed the trainings.

But while I was actually doing it? It was hell on earth for me.

I hated every minute of it.

I joined the cross country team because someone looked at me (the coach) and thought I’d be good at it.

I was flattered into pursuing something for almost half my high school career.

This is how asleep I was.

This is how asleep many people still are.

There is something profound that shifts inside your being when you reverse this flow of energy and start living and working from the inside out INSTEAD of from the outside in.

Just a word of warning, the world isn’t quite ready for people to be doing this. At least the people currently running the world aren’t ready. Too bad.

But chances are, once you begin, you’re going to run into some resistance. YOUR approach to life is going to hit the obstacles designed by the system to keep you living ITS way of life.

My advice to you is to plow right over those and flatten them into the ground.

Once you stare those things in the face and make it clear you are not backing down, all the big scary things reveal themselves for what they are… which is NOTHING.

You want to work 40 hours a day? Go ahead.

You want to work 2 hours a day? More power to you.

Get clear on how you want your life to be, then build from there. Build your business, your relationships… everything. And do it without regard for the opinions of anyone.

What do you do when you encounter someone who has a “problem” with your choices?

As Seth Godin says, “SHUN THE NON-BELIEVERS.”

It’s an effective strategy.

Tomorrow, I’m going to introduce Rainmaker Letter subscribers to a man who’s living the type of life I just described.

He’s doing what he wants, when he wants, with the people he wants to be with.

And he’s doing all of that without being a bazillionaire.

Frankly, his approach is liberating.

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