maybe you could start by taking “this” more seriously than “that”

I did some athletics coaching for the sports class, drew up a training plan for a new athlete, made the women’s football team suffer, enjoyed a little threshold run, finished some filming for the website, showered quick and put on a tie.

I got picked up by Mike Moss (the Regional Chairman of England Athletics) at 5:30 from Salts Mill.

We drove to the Wentbridge House Hotel in Wentbridge for the Yorkshire & Humber Awards evening. Simon Ford was receiving a fairly significant award for all the volunteer work he has done over the last several years. I was invited to accept the award on his behalf.

It’s been amazing to get to know Simon over the last year and it was good to get to know Mike a little bit last night. I think Athletics Canada could really use a Simon Ford.

Over the last several years I have met a lot of people that have “a vision” or “a big picture” mentality. They’re always focusing on getting to “that” place.

The reason I know that the people I am working with, people like Simon Ford, are going to be successful, is because they know that it takes a lot of little steps to get to where they dream of being. They realize, more than anything, that those little steps MUST be taken.

They cannot be minimized.

The little steps must be taken MORE seriously than anything else…

Sorry this is so brief, Brian has decided to try and make my legs bleed tomorrow and I need to sleep. I could go on about this for awhile, but I think that’s enough. Oh yah, episode 4… coming tomorrow.

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2 Comments on “maybe you could start by taking “this” more seriously than “that””

  1. Javier
    October 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    its amazing how your posts are always so easy to relate to and you capture thoughts and ideas in a way that is clear

  2. Luciano Del Monte
    October 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm #


    i am totally impressed by your diplomatic and gracious attitude towards what might make a better system over our way. I impressed with the statesman like attitude of Simon Ford. And also impressed that you were able to receive the award for his volunteer work on his behalf.

    Silvia Ruegger, a friend of ours and someone you know well, loves to quote Margaret Mead in relation to Simon and others who do what they do to improve some segment of society.

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
    Margaret Mead
    US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 – 1978)

    counting the days till we see you. Mom just nailed down our london bed and breakfast -:)


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