Making hairy audacious goals happen
Finishing 620 miles on your bike over the course of 7 days would’ve made me vomit on the spot a decade ago.
Fortunately, it isn’t a decade ago. It’s now.
And in 2012 I made a hairy, audacious goal: Raise $10,000 buckaroos in support of the Challenged Athletes Foundation – and then ride my bike 620 miles down the coast of Cali with 100 others who did the same.
Note to self:
There are perks to working your ass off.
The training wasn’t ‘work’. Meeting your buds for rides around San Diego county every Sunday doesn’t qualify. Neither do the other 4-5 days a week of jumping in the saddle for some QT with my steed count as work.
The fundraising can be qualified as work. And it’s not for the faint of heart.
Fortunately, I’ve been fundraising for my business. Unfortunately, that act doesn’t get any easier, no matter if you’re doing it for charity or for corporate investment opportunities.
In the end I learned a few important nuggets:
1. Hairy audacious goals are hairy for a reason. Hair = friction And there will be plenty of that on the way to reaching a worthy-to-reach-goal.
2. You’ve got to surround yourself with the best peeps you know (and ones you don’t know yet) in order to realize your goals.
3. A huge portion of optimism, Can-Do attitude and endurance goes a really long way during those hairy, rough patches that come along during the journey.
Onward and upward, always.