I hung up my football jersey and set aside my cleats a long time ago. My desire to compete, however, has never faded. Filling the void left behind by competitive team sports proved to be a long process. When I discovered kettlebell sport through an organization called the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) a few years ago, I knew I had finally found my calling.
Watching the news is one of the most depressing activities of the day. With media coverage focusing on everything that’s wrong in this world, it’s a rarity to see something that touches us with a smile rather than causing us to reach for the front door to make sure it is securely locked. When probed as to their reasoning for such sensationalist media coverage, broadcasting companies site the psychological phenomenon known as the negativity bias, a theory that suggests humans pay more attention to and give more weight to negative rather than positive experiences.
Let’s see if we can change that with a little help from a nice rack… but first get your mind out of the gutter. This is a different kind of rack.
If you haven’t heard of Josh Waitzkin, you may want to look him up. He was a child chess prodigy, a champion martial arts competitor, and a best-selling author. He’s one of those guys you either love and respect or hate with an intense passion. Why? He’s the kid in class who sets the curve without seeming to put forward any effort while everyone else pulled all-nighters and spent the entire morning mentally repeating definitions from their flash cards. You see Josh has an uncanny ability to be awesome at anything he chooses to do. That’s why I initially picked up his book, The Art of Learning, four years ago. To this day, his book remains one of the most influential pieces of my ongoing entrepreneurial journey.
December 21, 2012 is fast approaching. I’m not really one to believe in Mayan prophecies or ‘End of the World’ folktales, but even Wikipedia has a page devoted to the 2012 phenomenon. Some my friends even think that 2012 will bring on the Zombie Apocalypse. For some reason this seems more believable since I recently read a man in Miami ate the face off some other old guy. Turns out it was probably the result of smoking bath salts. Or just a wicked case of the munchies. Whatever, it was drugs. Regardless, whether it’s the end of Modern Civilization, a zombie takeover, or an army of cannibal bath-salt smokers, I want to be prepared just in case shit hits the fan. For these reasons (not really) and because I thought it would be fun and educational, I did a two day survival skills course with Tom Coyne and the Survival Training School of California (STSC) in Tehachapi, just two hours north of Los Angeles.
I noticed over the last few months that my friends and team at LEAF were spending longer hours at the gym, even when they had finished up with their evening clients. Coincidentally, this happened most often on nights when I practiced techniques taught by The New School of Cooking.
Once my mind made the connection, my peers’ after-hours presence made perfect sense.