Do you know this quote from Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans? "When you’re racing, it... it’s life. Anything that happens before or after... is just waiting." There's a lot of truth to it. I've been road racing cars for the past 6 years. I've had the privilege to race on some of the greatest tracks in the world like Daytona, Laguna Seca, Sebring, Road America, Road Atlanta, VIR, and many others.
In racing terms, my 6 years is a tiny amount of time. At my age, I'll never achieve anything but having fun, which is a worthy goal in itself. I have nowhere near the experience of some of the guys I race with and they will on a regular basis put me in my place.
Update: I forgot to add this into the original post. This is a video about racing, Craftlogic, and a bit about me. If you like road racing, I think you'll like it. It was very well done. Here's the link to the youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rwJx65y94U&feature=player_detailpage.
But, I've learned some important things about racing and life. Here are five of them:
First, racing is a metaphor for life. Whether you believe it or not, individually we are in a race against and with each other. There will always be people better than you as well as worse than you. You need to compare yourself not to one another but to your own potential. If you are not living up to your own potential, don't blame anybody else for your failures.
Second, life is not fair. Some people are smarter, faster, or just better than you. Don't hate them or ridicule them for their achievement. Just know that you have something valuable to offer as well even if you don't yet know what it is. Comparing yourself to others only makes you bitter. You should always acknowledge another person's success even if they achieved that success by beating you. There's nothing wrong with losing but there is something wrong with being a sore loser.
Third, you are a culmination of every decision you've made. If you don't like where you are, then change the decisions you make to change the path you're on. Continuing to make the same decisions and expecting different results is insanity.
Fourth, be introspective. Don't just do things in a particular way just because that's how you've been doing it all along. Ask yourself, "Why am I doing it this way? Is there a better way?" Watch others, learn from them, ask them for help, be humble. Surround yourself with people that are better than you. Be open-minded. You'll be better for it.
Fifth, focus on the things that are the most important such as family, friends, and individual happiness. No matter how much success and money you have, it will all be given to other people when you die.
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