32 - Charon Smith

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It was surfing legend and fitness guru Laird Hamilton who once said “Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears” There is meaning in this quote for both the sport he loves and for all aspects of his life. So often sports metaphors make this transitive leap. Others include:

  • Driving for show, putting for dough
  • Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there
  • It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters
  • If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail

And my personal favourite:

If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother, with her teeth out.    

This is one of the reasons why I have so much belief in the power of sport to teach us how to live our lives and deal with everyday challenges. For kids, sport is an irreplaceable teacher of perseverance, teamwork, training and humility, to name but a few.

Today’s guest is someone who takes these parallels between sport and life very seriously.

6x California State Criterium Champion 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018.

2x Silver Medalist at Master National Criterium Championships in 2012, and 2014,

So Cal cup overall winner in 2012

To name but a few. By its very definition he is a champion of his sport. But it is his approach that is most inspirational. He once said “you gotta practice your winning pose, because it’s gonna happen” Translation. If you don’t think you are going to win, what’s the point.

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