¡Buenos días desde Amsterdam!
How’s it going? I’m doing well and amped on lots of recent opportunities to ride!
Already since Saturday, I’ve been back from Friedrichshafen and another successful Eurobike. I was traveling with Guy
+ our friend Sjors
. Already tomorrow morning I’m heading back out with Sjors , Lian
& my homie Josh
(who’s also doing Trans Pyrenees
next month) to the Bohemian Border Bash
in the Czech Republic.
Later this month is Road Worlds in Yorkshire to which I’ll be riding with former PROs Bram Tankink
, Leontiel van Morsel
along with a great group of cyclists organized by the Dutch Lottery and Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) as a part of our project supporting the lottery’s sponsorship of the KNWU.
This also means I’ll miss another LtD Gravel Raid
but both Stan from Snobici
and Rei will join in my stead. Beyond all that, track
seasons are closing in quick! I’ve always loved to raced but, like Laurens’ talks about below, I never had that many wins.
Here’s the quick recap:
- 👣Consider an alternative path - long story short: there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Don’t beat yourself up so much.
- 🤷At what do you want to suck? - playing guitar, much like cycling, for me can be what I love doing the most, yet, also the thing where I am humbled and most uncomfortable and yet all the while what makes me happiest.
- 😅Get over the discomfort - simply busting out of your comfort zone. Its awesome every time you do it. Nail it or fail it, you’ll still be glad you tried.
- 💯And then get over perfectionism - perfection is the enemy of done.
- 😤 Understand the two different types of striving: There’s normal striving and there’s abnormal striving. Guess which one is better for you ; )
- 💬Change the conversation: a question to ask when you’re getting to know someone is, “What do you suck at?”. No joke.
- 💡 Embrace leisure and being unproductive - Just stop being productive. Same idea with the why everyone should write article below. The light goes on when you unplug.
- ⚠️ How to suck in situations that matter - “It’s really hard to accept our mistakes and our less-than-perfection in the places where it matters. Family, partnership, work, friendship, community, service to others. We’re gonna fall short sometimes. So, the idea is that if you have a practice of sucking at something, and you’re honest about it, and you accept it, and you turn off the critic in your head. Those things where the stakes are really high, I would never call for that.” - Karen Rinaldi
- ✅ Suck at something, not at everything - “You have to be good at the stuff that you do, but you’re gonna screw up. It’s only about how you fix it and how you address it.”
Hopefully by even trying, knowing that you’ll suck, you’ll keep going and feel 2 legit 2 quit. ; )
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