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Now that the dust has somewhat settled after a weekend that will long be etched into our memories- Sivewe Nkombi taking a new record win at Chappies Challenge 21.1km, Meg Mackenzie winning Otter African Trail Run and Brad Weiss being crowned World Xterra champion- we felt it pertinent to take some time to reflect on the role these athletes have played in our journey as a brand. As the ‘new-kid’ on the proverbial performance nutrition block who relies almost solely on them to share the Rush we would like to take some time to honour the lessons they’ve imparted (mostly unbeknown to them!) and the inspiration they’ve provided us as a wide-eyed hopeful just out the starting blocks…
There are many parallels that can be drawn between sports, business and life and I think that most would agree that to be a success in any of those areas you have to have an underlying passion and reason for why you’re doing what you’re doing, for Sivewe, Meg and Brad at the core there is an inherent belief that what they do is in their blood, it’s a part of who they are and what they were born to do, similarly at Rush we feel we were born to inspire society to take steps towards optimum health and in this way turn the tide on chronic disease. Whilst passion is well documented as a major precursor to success, there are some additional nuggets we’ve gleaned from each of these champs which we hope you’ll find useful as you look to ignite your passion and find the courage to follow your dreams be it in sport, business or life. Here they are:
They defy odds.
Sivewe epitomises this for us and came into our lives through the Bloodsister Foundation whose aim is to support socially disadvantaged athletes with outstanding athletic ability. Whizkid you possess the ability to overcome adversity like no other, where others see fear you see it as a symbol for what you want, and go for it. It has been an absolute joy to work with you- everything (no matter how small) is met with such appreciation and we get such a sense of pride as you share with us your post-race times, pictures and rambling commentary. Thank you for inspiring us to do what others say we can’t do and be who others say we shouldn’t be…
They work hard and stay humble.
Being an athlete is a lifestyle that consumes every aspect of your life. Brad you once said that the three words that best describe your achievements are: “Dedication, Passion and Persistence” and all of these come with great sacrifice and hard work. Your relentless pursuit for Xterra top honours has seen you put in countless hours of blood, sweat and possibly even tears, daily, many of them in far off lands away from family and friends. This commitment has set you apart in a culture that demands instant gratification and quick wins. This patience and relentless focus on learning from ‘failure’, together with your humility are truly admirable and are reflected in your own words: “Often I am not the most talented athlete in the field but my mental strength is something I pride myself on and is often an area few other athletes can beat me in.” Thank you for inspiring us to keep our eyes on the bigger prize and daily refine what we do, thank you for modelling the patience and persistence one needs behind a dream and staying humble with a knowing that the dots will all somehow connect in the end…
They see life as a daring adventure.
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failures, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”
Let’s face it, at its core, sport, business and life are risky but how often do we choose certainty over happiness in our quest to avoid it? ‘So-so’ over feeling properly alive to eliminate the risk of ‘failure’? But if you put risk into proper perspective what do you really have to lose (besides perhaps a bit of ego?): if you win you will be happy and if you lose you will be wise- not such bad odds after all! Having this vision and approach to life opens up space for playfulness and creativity, and eliminates limitation. The person that brings this to life for us daily is Meg. Your sense of adventure and courageous approach to life cultivates qualities of resilience, and confidence, and an appetite for risk- which have been critical in getting you to where you are today. Added to this you have this uncanny ability to get everyone involved in your grand adventures and bring such goodness into the world in this way…Thank you for inspiring us to keep viewing life as the incredible adventure that it is, to do things differently, to bravely go in the direction of our dreams and in so doing bring goodness back…
So as you ponder your own dreams in sports, business and in life, use this time to channel the fire of the inner athlete that exists inside us all. While your personal game of life awaits, remember…
…the best dreams happen, when you’re awake.
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