Running for My Existence by Roger Wright

This is the inspiring story of Roger Wright. At age 47, and weighing in at nearly 250lbs, he decided to change his life. Over the next 10 months, he lost over 100lbs, raised money for Cystic Fibrosis and fulfilled his lifelong dream to run the Boston Marathon.

“I have discovered that regardless of my age, previous eating habits, a complete lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle, that I have been able to change my life for the better. I have accomplished this simply by changing the way I look at food (I eat to live, not live to eat), started to exercise, no longer accepted excuses and most important, pure desire to help my niece, other people (friends and strangers) and myself. I know it’s cliche to say, but I have discovered that if you really want something bad enough, you really can accomplish it.”

– Roger Wright

6 Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

From Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything by Tony Schwartz.

1. Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.

2. Do the hardest work first. We all move instinctively toward pleasure and away from pain. Most great performers, Ericsson and others have found, delay gratification and take on the difficult work of practice in the mornings, before they do anything else. That’s when most of us have the most energy and the fewest distractions.

Six Keys to a Happier, Healthier, More Prosperous Life

Here’s a pop quiz. Which of the following statements are true for you?

  1. I like most aspects of my personality.
  2. I have several warm and trusting relationships.
  3. I have confidence in my opinions, even if they are contrary to others.
  4. I am good at managing the many responsibilities of my daily life.
  5. Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.
  6. It’s important to have new experiences that challenge how I think about myself and the world.

These six statements represent six key dimensions of psychological well-being; that is, how good you feel about yourself and your life. I’m sure you’ll agree that your sense of well-being profoundly influences how you perform in every area of your life, especially work and creative pursuits. With that in mind, here are six ways to increase your well-being, love your life, and in turn, create more positive energy to do great work.