Even Superman has bad days.
The trick is moving onward.
athletes love numbers. if you follow, or played, baseball there might be no other sport with such a fascination (read: obsession) for numbers.
miles run. laps swum. heart rate. VO2 max levels. intervals done. tackles made and percentage of free throws made. you name the sport, athletes have a number to obsess over.
in endurance sports like cycling, running or swimming this obsession is no different. But we also get fidgety around perceived effort – in other words, our fancy gadgets and instruments tell us we have reason to believe we’re about to pass out, but if we listen to our body’s signals, we think we can keep going another 45 miles, faster, and harder.
The tough thing is reconciling this value on gadgetry with our desire and wish to trust our perceived efforts…. our own perception of what is real.
Not surprisingly, this exists in business too.
Starting a company is filled with constant focus on numbers; users per month, page views, shirts sold per month, inventory remaining, new members, customer acquisition costs, and so on and so forth. Even deciding on which numbers to watch is based on yet another set of numbers.
But there’s always your gut. And in business, there is no more villified source of information than your gut.
My un-researched, from the gut (and a healthy wad of experience) response: Our own guts, our perceptions about what is real, need to provide balance to the numbers held in such high regard in business. And one fun [albeit over-used] example of this is the practices of the late and revered Steve Jobs: Do you really think doing a focus group would have resulted in the ipod, iphone or ipad?
Asking customers what they want doesn’t always result in a magical, revolutionary, or particularly inventive solution.
Sometimes, you just have to listen to your gut.
And ignore the gadgetry.
Onward and upward, always.
i started this blog based on the words in seth’s blog here. only i didn’t read his words until today.
and although there is plenty of credence to the rules of which he speaks, if you choose to write your observations of the world, your thoughts on its evolution, and your ideas, rants, opinions or dislikes of its current state, you are not writing to work the system [of blogging], but writing for the sake of communicating, influencing, and provoking thought.
and if you have others listening, one of those last three things might happen.
Onward and upward.
being outside, on a crisp and sunny morning, pedaling up and down hills with a good friend is one of those delectably tasty times in life when i wish i could drink the air and sunshine — with a straw. it would be my only form of control. otherwise i fear i’d just gulp it all too quickly.
On a recent ride with said friend, and despite my sore bum, and increasingly waning energy, i kind of wished for more miles, more hills and more time.
we humans are amazingly complex beings.
what i know to be true is, we each hold amazing strength within our core. sadly, sometimes, our very strengths cannabolize our desires and become our nemesis. they flip and can quickly become our Achilles’ heels. a very odd circle of events unfolds from this.
if we’re lucky to be aware of this paradox, it introduces a crueler fate. the introduction of internal hypocricy. we are strong, and yet, we may be weak.
and if we care about [or are aware] of this paradox, that is, what we know about ourselves is likely different than what others know (or believe to know) about us, we must find courage to address that and take it head on.
the continuous challenge lies in how we move forward, how we believe in the love and strength of others to help us grow, while still recognizing that we are human. not JUST human. But simply and beautifully – human.
and all this, from a simple bike ride.
onward and upward, always.