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a healthy reminder

Thanks for this reminder Seth Godin

Getting Over Ourselves

“In the face of billions of dollars of destruction, of the loss of life, of families distrupted, it’s easy to wonder what we were so hung up on just a few days ago. Many just went face to face with an epic natural disaster, and millions are still recovering. Writer’s block or a delayed shipment or an unreturned phone call seem sort of trivial now.

We’re good at creating drama, at avoiding emotional labor and most of all, at thinking small. Maybe we don’t need another meeting, a longer coffee break or another hour whittling away at our stuckness.

There’s never been a better opportunity to step up and make an impact, while we’ve got the chance. This generation, this decade, right now, there are more opportunities to connect and do art than ever before. Maybe even today.

It’s pretty easy to decide to roll with the punches, to look at the enormity of natural disaster and choose to hunker down and do less. It’s more important than ever, I think, to persist and make a dent in the universe instead.

We’ve all been offered access to so many tools, so many valuable connections, so many committed people. What an opportunity.”

Now go and do something.

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world record ollie

(via Active Ride Shop)
Sitting in the terminal at LAX before the holidays, getting ready to fly home for Christmas, I saw a strangely familiar face. This kid sat next to me to plug in his computer and it only took me a few seconds to realize where I knew him from. I had just watched a recap from the Tampa Am skate competition, where Luis Tolentino had tied the world record for the highest ollie at 44.5″ and there he was sitting next to me.

There is a very small percentage of people on this earth who can jump over 40″. Add a skateboard to the mix and that percentage becomes immeasurably small. In the couple minutes I got to talk to him I learned that he doesn’t really train at all to ollie that high. He just skates. No weights. No exercise regimen. Nada. And if his natural talent wasn’t enough to impress me, his humility definitely would.

Hats of to you Luis. Best of luck with the new video and breaking the world record…
Check out the trailer for his new video part with Famous Stars & Stripes

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