Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Olympians are unbalanced

If you are leading a “balanced” life you are destined to be a loser. Why? Because those who succeed in any field are unbalanced.

Consider the Olympic athletes. To qualify for their national team they need to put in a huge amount of weekly and daily training for years. There is nothing balanced about the effort and time they invest. There is nothing balanced about the sweat and pain they endure.

I have run two marathons – 42 k, 26miles. I have run a few half marathons and several 30 k races. There is nothing balanced about subjecting yourself to the mental and physical pain of running a marathon. And the training is totally unbalanced. To go for a Sunday three-hour run is crazy – but that is what was needed.

Pick any sport. The leader in that sport is or was unbalanced to achieve their goal.

Pick any business leader. They followed a regimen of unbalanced behavior to accomplish what they did. Most told me that they work 60 to 80 hours per week. They do it because they love it and they want to win. Is that balanced?

How does that compare to those who think that 40 hours a week is balanced?

Our heroes are not balanced. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, George Washington, Jesus Christ and Mohammad were not balanced people.

All successful people were obsessive about their dream. So much that they ignored other aspects about their life.

So if you are worried about being unbalanced – congratulations – you might have a chance at greatness. If you feel balanced – you are destined to obscurity.

George Torok – slightly unbalanced

PS: Don’t strive for balance. Strive to be outstanding.

PPS: Harmony is more important than balance.

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