During the Super Charge Summit in Singapore last March 4-6, 2016, I met Jose from Nicaragua, one of the Success Team coaches in MOBE (My Online Business Education). He approached me during one of the training breaks. He said he noticed I was wearing an IronMan finisher shirt, and that sparked a common interest between us. I learned that he too had been doing triathlons for some time, from 1998 to 2008 to be exact. He had raced at Saint Anthony, Tampa, Florida (Olympic Distance), Chicago (OD), Tampa Max Bein (70.3 IronMan), Clairmont, Orlando (70.3), and Panama City, Florida (IronMan Full Distance). What was even more inspiring is that he did these races, in order to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation. He stopped racing due to a back injury and since then, he had been focusing on raising his family and growing various businesses.
Jose is an accomplished businessman in real estate in Nicaragua and Florida. He deals with the import and export of coconut oil. He and his wife also run an ice manufacturing business, and more recently, Jose has become a Diamond Affiliate Partner of MOBE. Jose shared that he did not finish University education, but that he had accomplished a lot and earned more money than others who have gone through University because of his persistence, passion, resourcefulness, and clarity of purpose. These are qualities that according to Jose, are not only important to be successful in sports, but also in Internet Marketing, and life in general.
Watch my full interview of Jose here. Enjoy and see you soon!
One of the things I’d do if I had a “bonus” day is to run that extra mile!
Yey! We get a “bonus” day today (Feb. 29th) because 2016 is a leap year. This got me thinking and asking myself – What would I do i
f I had an extra day to live? Many ideas come to mind: I can spend the day running speed work intervals to prepare for my April half marathon… I can take the day-off from work and be fully present by playing with my kids at home… I can watch a movie with my wife, then eat pizza or sushi or both! Or I can simply stay at home, arrange my family’s e-photos in our external hard drive, then update my FaceBook albums!… Unfortunately, I did not do any of these. Instead, I went to the office to work as I have usually done for the past 5 leap years!
Pathetic? Well, not so. We are all creatures of habit, and we tend to do things that are familiar and comfortable to us. Human beings live life 98% of the time out of habit (subconscious mind), while the remaining 2% is taking conscious action. This is the reason why if you wish to break an old or undesired habit, the most effective way is by starting a new habit and consistently doing it for the next 21 days, so that it becomes virtually automatic and part of the 98% subconscious mind!
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Why “Tridaddy”? Well, some people will readily suggest that it is because this blog is dedicated to triathlete dads out there. This is mostly right. But more than balancing family life with the demands of triathlon training (swimming, biking, and running) and competing, Tri-daddies have equally important responsibilities at work and the larger community that they belong to, be it their church, a tri-club, etc.
It is much easier to understand the demands and various responsibilities that a Tri-daddy needs to attend to if he identifies the different life-roles he plays. For example, for me, my Top-5 roles are being a Strong Triathlete, Awesome Dad, Faithful Christian, Loving Husband, and Inspiring Manager (at work).
I like keeping my TOP roles to five to keep them manageable. I have previously attended a Work-Life Effectiveness (WLE) training from work, and one of the most important learnings I remember is that I need to focus on a few roles to become truly effective in playing each one. When one tries to juggle too many roles that outnumber the fingers in one hand (that is five), then one will likely encounter difficulty in finding the balance. This does not mean that I need to completely abandon my previous life-roles, like being a son to my father, or a brother to my siblings, etc. It is just that I don’t need to play those roles as frequently as I used today, now that I have my own family.
Going back to the idea of identifying my Top-5 roles and being effective in each one, I will usually start the beginning of each new year by list down specific things that I will do, to help me play my role as best as I can. For example, as a Strong Triathlete, I will identify specific races that I will join at least for the first half of the year. I usually start with small races that help me prepare and train, leading-up to my “A” race towards the 2nd half of the year. As an Awesome Dad, I list down programs I will undertake to grow my special-needs twins’ social development, like reading and learning new ideas available from the Autism Treatment Center of America. And this exercise goes on for each role.
Clearly, one cannot perform all roles at once. It will take conscious prioritization to be awesome in a specific role when the situation requires it.
So there! Tri-Daddies are more than athlete-dads. They have many roles that they find the most effective way to balance. Being one is challenging, but it is certainly rewarding!