Life, Transformation

Endurance #Day 4

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Being a long distance runner I love endurance, which is defined as follows

The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

The prime objective of training (esp. marathon) is to build endurance and typically starts 16 weeks (roughly 3 months) prior to the actual run. If strictly followed, the ordeal takes the subject to the limit of his physical self. First few weeks, the first time runner may find himself walking like a zombie in his work day, with all parts of his body aching. It is critical that one doesn’t give up during these testing times, because this would not just limit the physical built up, but more importantly, the mental toughness. During this 16 week ordeal, the runner craves for just one ambition, crossing the finish line. The high that you get by achieving this feat is unparalleled. Once you cross the finish line, chances are likely that you would say, “It was tough, but I made it. And I would do it again!”.

The second time you do it, it is much easier. The problem is that now you would aim for a much bigger challenge.

I’ve read Ms Duckworth’s book “Grit” definitely more than one time and have intensions of reading it several times again. It is one of the most well researched books and simplifies the definition of success and breaks the common norms.

She says,

Focus on talent distracts us  from something that is at least as important, and that is EFFORT. Effort counts twice. The most dazzling human achievement are in fact the aggregate of countless individual elements, each of which is ordinary.

Superlative performance is really a confluence of dozens of small skills, or activities, each one learned or stumbled upon, which have been carefully drilled into a habit.

Success lies in enduring the ordinary and the mundane, repeated over and over again, till it assumes the shape of flawlessness. Whether one would like to use the statistics of 10,000 hours or not, the celebration of human spirit lies in the celebration of these ordinary acts, which done again and again, becomes a part of us as a habit. And what you would see from outside is a pure symphony, an act of brilliance.

And to understand this is not rocket science. Simply put,


Therefore, a sales man making more calls is more likely to make a sale.

Therefore, a manager putting more hours at work is more likely to achieve the goal.

Therefore, an athlete putting is more hours of practice is more likely to win the race.

Consistency of effort over the long run is better predictor of success.

“The separation of talent and skill.”, Will Smith, the celebrated actor points out, “Is one of the most common misunderstood concept for people, who are trying to excel, who have dreams and who want to do things. Talent you naturally have. Skill is developed by hours and hours and hours of beating your craft.”

Most of us are enthusiastic (read passionate), but only few of us have the endurance to take it really far and do things better than they have been done before. Therefore, to do anything well, you will have to stretch yourself, and do it over and over again, so that it becomes you, your habit and second nature.

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Day 4 has come along fine, though still the night audit to be done. The goodness is hinging on complete the chores for holiday shopping and making everyone happy in the house. There are 2 weeks to go for Priya and Dhriti to fly to HongKong to meet our latest family member, Raina and then to Gurgaon to unite with the rest of the family. I would be joining them later in July

I hope not to miss them too much by working more, which is much needed for the new initiative. The holiday period will be the test for the 66 day ordeal.

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