The Story of Derek Redmond

Wow what a moving video! This video documents the injury incurred by British Olympian Derek Redmond. Derek was favored to medal in the 400 meter sprint at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Derek had already posted the fastest time during qualifying rounds and was on his way to the finals when tragedy struck. 150 meters into the race Derek’s hamstring completely detached from the bone, he crumpled over in pain on the track and burst into tears.

As Derek sat on the track his mind returned to the Seoul games four years earlier, Derek suffered a torn Achilles tendon during warm-ups and did not even make it to the starting line. He said he kept the newspaper clipping with the results of the Seoul games and displayed next to his name was “DNS”-Did not Start, “I did not want them to write “DNF”-Did not Finish next to my name four years later in Barcelona. I don’t like to give up at anything, and I decided I was going to finish that race if it was the last race I ever did” Footnote, Derek never raced competitively again

Derek rose and began his journey to the finish line. Derek hopped and hobbled until the 300 meter mark when he became aware of someone else on track with him (1 minute and 36 seconds into video) The man seen fighting through security to assist the injured Olympian was Jim Redmond, Derek’s father. As Jim reached his son he told him, “Derek, it’s me, you don’t need to do this.” Derek replied, “I want to finish” Jim said, “Ok. We started this thing together and now we will finish it together.” Jim finally managed to get his son from continuing trying to run and the father and son arm around one another walked to the finish line.

As the finish line grew closer Derek’s emotions took over. Jim kept repeating to his son, “You’re a champion, you’ve got nothing to prove.” They crossed the finish line to a roar from the crowd of 65,000 people who all had risen to their feet and cheered the father and son on.

This video personally moves me and like most art or media, the message will be received a little different for each person. Although I was in awe of the personal courage and will power it took to finish the race. The message that spoke to me was, that we all find our motivation or drive from somewhere, and sometimes the biggest motivators are our biggest failures. You can feel sorry for yourself, or you can pick yourself up and be determined to never feel the way you felt when you failed.

Thanks for reading and share with your friends. Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T. Shedd

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

The hardest task for any of us to do is to do something outside of our comfort zone. We are conditioned to play it safe, or to just do enough to get by. This archaic logic not only stunts our personal growth but shackles our potential.

You will never realize your true potential until you take big risks or chances. Don’t be afraid to fail. FAIL BIG, even if it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted, the experience gained will be invaluable to your personal development. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying.

Explore and challenge yourself. Happy Thursday!

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.


For the longest time I allowed myself to believe that making money would automatically equate to me being a success. The pursuit of money or success clouds our judgment and skews our priorities.. However this is only if you allow it.. I read something one day and it literally changed my whole outlook on life, PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS. I challenge each of you to try to live by that edict for one day, I assure you it will change you as well. We all have a great friend in our life, tell them you appreciate them.

A little backstory about this site, this website is the product of my best friend Ryan. I saw this quote and I instantly thought of our friendship. For those of you who know me or don’t know me, I have not always been the easiest person to be friends with. I have been: selfish, self centered, and I’ll kindly say I’ve taken sabitacls from my friendships. Ryan on the other hand, well he is the kind of friend that everyone only hopes they can have. Inspite of all my shortcomings as a friend, whenever I needed him he has always been there for me, whenever I asked him to do something, even if he didn’t believe in what I was asking, he still did it for me. So Ryan, thank you for always being the friend to me that I wish I could have been to you, although we might not see each other as often as we would like, when we do it’s like no time has passed. I look forward to this venture, and thank you for allowing me to enjoy in this experience with you.

Hitting the reset button

Sometimes in life we view circumstances that did not turn out the way we had hoped or planed, to be failures. I’ve found that in most cases the universe is giving us the medicine we need to recalibrate. Each failed relationship or situation is the opportunity to hit the reset button and start fresh. At times we must lose ourselves to find ourselves.

Each day you can reinvent yourself, embrace failure and grow! Have a great day!


Make it your goal to write down your goals

170 pounds and 10% body fat

I pinned this up on my wall today before my workout. I have never pushed myself harder. It is amazing what writing down your goals can do for you. Once you write it down, it becomes real. And you are reminded of this fact every time you look at it. My goal is to get to 170 pounds at 10% body fat. If you are curious about how I chose these numbers check out this article. And don’t forget…

Hit the day hard!