“Fear is for people who don’t get out very much”
The world is a terrifying & amazing place that will chew you up and spit you to the curb in the blink of an eye.
How would I know such a thing?
I’ve failed more times in the past four weeks than I have in my entire lifetime.
I’ve gone from the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows, having mood swings comparable to a pregnant woman who’s just been told that Whole Foods is out of pickles and peanut butter (hint: don’t ever tell a pregnant woman that).
Then why do I keep going?
Well, that’s fairly simple …
- Drive: Getting so close to winning the gold (numerous times) over the past four weeks has made me even hungrier to hold it in my hands. I’m hungry — I want it so damn bad that I won’t stop until I get a taste of it.
- Stubborn-ness: Don’t tell me I can’t do something — forget you. I can do whatever I set my mind to. And because I’ve got the drive to prove everyone and their mothers wrong, I won’t give up until I do.
- Winning is Everything: Say what you will about Charlie Sheen, but that dude was really onto something with his whole #winning mantra; it’s all the matters. Read biographies by Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan or Peyton Manning and they’ll all tell you the same thing.
- Second Best = Last Place: There’s no prize for second best in this world — either you bring home the hardware or you don’t. Who cares if you were second/third/fourth best … You still didn’t close the deal. There’s no one to wipe away the tears — you simply need to get back on the bike and ride. In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
What keeps you moving forward?
How do you motivate yourself to bring the house down?
Aside from being the CEO at MKG Media Group, Mike is a dark beer aficionado with a healthy appetite for travel and pushing personal boundaries.
A proud graduate of Washington State University, Mike currently calls San Francisco home.