What Is The Formula For Success?

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What is the formula for success?

I was reading The Slight Edge on my Kindle this evening and came across a great quote by Thomas J. Watson, Sr.,

The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure

How many athletes, regardless if you are a runner or not, have quit or just grew tired of going after the goals because they didn’t reach it on their time? I would bet there are, unfortunately, far too many.

How hard are you willing to work if you believe success must be earned?

It is ironic that I had the biggest opportunity in the world to be a part of the army world class athlete program.

I was given a chance to train full-time, no distractions whatsoever. Personal trainer? Check. Physical Therapist? Check. Travel payed? Absolutely.

Coach? Check…not only did I have a coach but also the last american female to win the Boston Marathon to boot.

I had it all, yet I failed to reach the standards I had to meet for the designated time I was given.

Oh, how I value those failures. I didn’t truly fail. My efforts we’re 100% honest, but the results didn’t come in time.

I say it is ironic because I was taken away from that environment, where training with some of the world’s best distance runners and in high altitude was the norm, to a regular line unit and back into a full-time job with crazy hours, out doing 20 mile runs at 2am during military field training exercises only to run my second fastest marathon….

… a 2.26.42 marathon to finish 5th at the 2011 Monumental Indianapolis Marathon. The second fastest marathon effort I have put up to date. Full-time work, unhealthy hours, no coach..all the necessities stripped away.

Never think you have to have it all in order to succeed and accept the failures along the way as the gasoline to fuel that fire burning inside you to perform to standard.

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.- John Wooden

Let me be clear, I am not special but what I can say is this. This quote by Watson is vitally true. You must accept failure as your best friend sometimes and you have to remain vigilant and clear on your objective. You have to have a stoic attitude that no matter what adversity you are going to face, you will still conquer your goal.

I will not be able to train extensively or race in 2012. I hate it but I am already thinking ahead to 2013. I am 35 years old. There are countless men (and women) over the age of 40 running world-class times, that motivates me. What motivates you?

Find a race, set a goal and stick with it…through thick and thin, when you get sick of trying and you want to quit…remember this quote.

Who said it? The founder of IBM. The best fail, crowd into that realm of people..consider what they do differently. Here is a hint…they refuse to accept failure and use it to their advantage. Do the same!

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3 thoughts on “What Is The Formula For Success?

  1. So good, Nate. This encourages me. ¬†Reminds me of Jim Collins’ three pillars of greatness in his new book “Great By Choice”: fanatical discipline, empirical creativity and productive paranoia, which basically boil down to consistency, consistency, consistency. ¬†

  2. Thanks for the comment Bekah and absolutely true. There is no way around it…you have to consistently prepare. It doesn’t necessarily have to be as intense and crazy like some people I know…not saying any names:) …but keeping things light, staying focused and getting the results you looking for.

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