Is it because both push you to the physical and mental limits? Or that both are capable of ice treatment and 10,000V shocks but lead you to that sense of victory? Maybe..
For me, they both teach you about persistence and the value of pushing on.
It’s been a year like no other with several major events crashing together at once. No need to run through yet again but I cannot remember a time when so much pain and anxiety was played out across all media outlets in the same way. Families have suffered, businesses have suffered and so have entire countries.
For many people, myself included this has been a once-in-a-lifetime moment of change – to reset my own approach to life and business and I realise that I am a lucky one.
This week’s article is intended to offer encouragement and hope to those who persist in the face of adversity. You do have more strength than you know.
So, why Beyonce? Take some time to look at Beyonce’s back story and you’ll see that she started as a young child with a dream to make a career in music and dance. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a litany of failed auditions, family breakdown, dissolving record deals, negative media backlash – so much so that at one point she reportedly stopped eating and locked herself away unless she was performing.
Beyonce’s story is one of tireless energy focussed on her performance career and the spin-off businesses she runs with her mother. She is an icon for many generations of young women and a reminder to all about persistence
I do admire people that take part – even if they are in the 26% that do not finish. It is gruelling. For me, though there’s a particular cruelty in one obstacle – Everest. This is a half-pipe near the end of the 26-mile race. Where you’ve pushed your body and mind to their limits. You’re cold and exhausted. The mudder-guide.co.uk though has great training tips
“Most of the time, Everest 2.0 is the second to last obstacle, which means you're already pretty worn out once you tackle it.
Even though it looks like an impossible feat there’s hope in the advice, equally for business owners and homeschoolers alike. It’s a tough ask - you have to believe you can overcome it. Take a full sprint at the challenge ahead and be prepared to ask for and to offer help to others. The prize is there, the rewards are there. Whether you win or lose the growth and the learnings are invaluable. You’ll surprise yourself with the courage and determination that you have.
A sentiment best summed up by financier and Head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde: