One of the great aspects of my job is to develop a professional engineering development programme for young graduates coming into our business. I love it and the interaction with young, aspiring minds certainly keeps me on my toes!
I was enjoying some time out with three of these young guns this week and we got chatting about some standout individuals in our business and who have had brilliant careers, when one of the graduates asked me ‘what does one do to get to these high echelons in the business”? The lull in the conversation was very noticeable as I sensed everyone was waiting for me to offer a response.
Well, how would you have answered this question? I offered a reply by saying that leaders have an intangible quality about them which is observed from a very early age. Something which makes them special and distinguishes them from the rest, and that this should be what they should strive to nurture and cultivate.
It reminded me of a line from the movie Dead Poets Society where Robin Williams is offering advice to his students on the poems they have created where he says (and I can’t remember the exact words) that whatever you do in life that you should do it with passion and that you should always strive to be extraordinary and not ordinary.
It is a great lesson, and one I also reinforce with my own children who are truly extraordinary human beings. Having the privilege of watching them originate in this fascinating world is an absolute joy!
It has been proved that green is the most pleasing colour to the human senses. This is because it is associated with calmness, generosity and good luck.
It is also the colour of peace.
All of which go a long way to explaining why I love playing golf !
Sunday is my day for LSD - Long Slow Distance – training.
It is an essential part of any ‘serious’ runners training schedule. But I haven’t always found it to be the easiest distance to calculate. This is because if my training week has not gone to plan, I may feel the need to make up for the lack of training by going on a longer run that I had originally planned, or I may just be feeling particularly good and buoyed by the run and so spontaneously want to just run further on the day.
My experience has been that what works best is to ensure your long run is no longer than 50% of the training distance you have done for the week (Monday – Friday) before you head out the door for your LSD fix. For me this has ensured I do not over train and breakdown to the point where I feel i have the ‘super plods” when I am running.
This little theory works equally well if you are training on time and not on distance i.e. 50% of your total training time during the working week.
It has served me well in all my training no matter what my training regime may be at any particular time. For example, at this stage I am just ticking over with my training and am only managing about 30-40 kays during the week, which means I rest on a Saturday ( I usually play golf – another passion of mine!) and then run 15- 20 kays as my LSD run on a Sunday.
My LSD runs are a great time to think and also to enjoy some good, inspiring music on my iPod. It sets me up for the day and the week ahead and over the years has become a major addiction!
This is a photograph I took of the sun setting on 31 December 2012. I took it after a lovely late afternoon swim at a little beach alcove where my family and I often go to cool down…..O’ and the Fat Yaks my wife and I enjoyed on the beach were also deliciously refreshing.
I love this picture…probably because I believe I live in the best and most beautiful country in the world!