The Key To Life – Running & Reading?

21 May 2020 James Sullivan

I.T. recruitment consultant running in Sydney harbour. TheDriveGroup

If you turned to your nearest colleague and asked them what they believe the key to life is – how would they respond?

I am confident they would either look at you confused or reply with one of the following answers: happiness, positivity, persistence, balance, family, friendship or money.

Realistically, there is no right or wrong answer. But...

The closest thing I have ever found to a “real” answer comes from none other than, the Fresh Prince of Bell-Air - Will Smith. During an acceptance speech at the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, he shared what he believes are the two keys to life:

Number 1 – RUNNING!

Naturally when running you will eventually get to a point where you will want to quit (for some of us this happens before we have even started). A little person then starts talking to you in your mind complaining and pushing you to quit: “I’m tired. My lung’s hurt. I’m hurting. There’s no way I can possibly continue!”

IF you can learn to DEFEAT this little man whilst running…

Then you will learn how to NOT quit when things get hard in your life!

So… The first key to life = RUNNING!

“The person who works the hardest wins!”

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Number 2 – READING!

Before us there were billions of people. All with problems and issues.

So realistically, there aren’t many problems that are new to this world. Your problem has already been a problem for someone else and there is a good chance that someone has solved it, and someone has wrote about how to solve it.

So the theory is this: No matter what your problem is – the solution is out there somewhere in a BOOK!

All you have to do is FIND that book and READ it.

So... The second key to life = READING!

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

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A good friend of mine introduced me to the “Running and Reading” concept whilst we were studying together at University and it is something that has stuck with me ever since.