Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great

Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great
Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, this probably does not mean diddle to the average person. However, to me, it means a lot; I spend my boyhood growing up with a big bowl of Wheaties in front of me reading the box with a picture of Bob Mathias on the box, a nobody now, who was really a somebody.

A few years later, I listened to a cassette tape of Bob Mathias giving an inspirational speech about how it is,
“Easy to be Great.”

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Panajachel, Guatemala Lago Atitlan
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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I pole vaulted up to 11 foot, could not go above this barrier because I did not have the natural speed needed to propel myself higher, I still wonder if I gave up too quick.

It is so easy to be great at something, it is so easy to be the best at something, there is so little competition for greatness, it is a wonder there is so much mediocrity.

Bob speech was something like, and I cannot find it, but here is the idea:

- If you run around the block one time a week, you are in the top 1 percent of people who exercise.

- If you read one book per week you are in the top 1 percent of readers on the planet.

- If you woke up one hour earlier than everyone did at your job, you would be the most prepared person at work.

What he tried to say was the difference between greatness and just putting in your time was such a small jump, that anyone can do it, it does not take special ability, it just takes desire.

I woke up today at 3:30 am, I realize this is early, however, my eyes opened and I just did not see the point in sleeping, when I could be awake and conquering my world.

Many people make fun of me for waking up early, I am my Fathers Son and proud to be, he normally wakes up before me. I often wonder why people make fun of me for rising early; I always think of the saying,
“The early bird gets the worm.”

Why do people in the Political Correctness world belittle extra, the small margin of difference that allows me to do well? I do the majority of my blog post between 5 and 6 am in the morning, it is not a big thing, I truly enjoy have a good clear thought in the morning.

I really laugh when people act like traveling for ten years is a big deal or blogging for years, or even going to a country. I will say something about traveling for a long time, I say,
“I like to travel; it is not difficult to do what I like.”
“I like to talk to myself, it is easy to blog.”

"My biggest accomplishment is not getting robbed."

Many a time I say to people who want to blog or write, who say they do not have the time. I say,
“Wake up one hour earlier.”
It is easy to be great.



It is easy to learn more, just read one link more...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Mathias
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2006/09/bob_mathias_ame.html
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/classic/bio/news/story?page=mathias_bob


Bob Mathias on Easy to be Great

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