It’s My Podcast and I’ll Brag if I want To

When it comes to strenuous physical exercise, I can watch someone else do it all day.  If that someone happens to be related, I’m definitely there.

Yesterday, son Tim completed the St. Louis Half Marathon (that’s thirteen point one miles) in a time of 1:51:45.  With gasoline at more than $3.00 per gallon, I’m lucky to drive 13.1 miles in under two hours.

Seriously, his mother and I are very proud of him.  Through diet and exercise he has trimmed down and gotten himself into excellent shape.  We’ve seen him running mile after mile during the sometimes brutal St. Louis winter to reach this point.  Training to be a distance runner is a very lonely and solitary pass-time.  It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to push yourself out the door in sub-freezing temperatures, often in the dark, to do the training necessary to compete in a spring long-distance race.

Oh, yeah.  While he wasn’t running, he’s been doing the work necessary to receive his master’s degree and to accept a teaching position at a local university.

To stay with the theme of Mining Your Own Business, persistence is one of the most important traits any entrepreneur can possess.  Much like Tim’s training, sometimes you have to push yourself out the door when you’d really rather go back to bed.  But it’s that extra effort that marks the difference between champions and the rest of us.