If you ever wondered how to start and finish anything in life, then you can’t help but be inspired by Tom Boother’s story.
“Become the thing, complete the challenge!” Tom Boother
Tom Boother studied politics at the University of Leicester. And on graduating he did what all graduates do and sought to become a racing driver. Unfortunately, however, racing driving did not seek him and he was unsuccessful in securing the necessary funds to race at the level he wanted.
So he returned to college to study Law, at the College of Law in London. It was whilst here, and with no athletic ability that Tom literally stumbled into the bizarre world of Ultra running.
Ultra Running is an extreme form of running where runners typically cover large distances over rugged and challenging terrains.
What’s a large distance, we hear you cry? Well, the official definition is anything over a marathon, though in reality the distances are considerably longer and the ground significantly rougher!
Using the metaphor of Ultra Running, Tom now speaks on how to start and finish anything – including big challenges and projects in life and business. It’s a unique slant and his stories though sometimes literally bloody provide valuable insights and illuminate how we can start big challenges, become the person who is capable of completing them and embrace the pain necessary to complete them.
“We’re always on a journey and that journey is what we want it to be. Running summarises that (journey), rather nicely.” Tom Boother
And it’s this starting and finishing which is so intriguing. Why do some people achieve what looks to others as impossible? And do we need challenges in life for fulfilment.
At the heart of it all, Tom outlines three key components needed to complete big challenges and in this order:
Business typically spend a huge amount of time writing plans and setting corporate and employee targets. Tom’s refreshing relook, emphasises the need to get in there and do it, exploring the overall importance of doing tasks to ascertain if we like them, perhaps prototyping them and learning what is needed to succeed prior to then formalising this in a plan of action.
“I look at the plan in terms of pain, which can easily be transferred to cost.” Tom Boother
Hear about all of this in episode 63 of the Changebility Podcast and discover:
If you’ve been inspired by Tom’s story let’s us know in the comments below. What lessons have you learnt? We’d love to know.
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