my search for John Galt …
We all fall in the trap of wanting “instant gratification” …
A few weeks ago, someone I know was doing a “juice cleanse” and after 2 days, this person said to me, “but I haven’t lost much weight…” and you could tell by the way she was speaking about it, she was going to stop or about to stop doing her 10 day juice cleanse challenge.
But there are no short cuts to the top of the mountain.
How many times have you started something and quit in the middle because you didn’t see quick success?
Last year, I decided that my ultimate goal is to solo row the Atlantic.
To be honest, I wanted to just focus on rowing for 12-18 months and then go after the row challenge.
But my coach stopped this because he told me that my core and leg strength was not strong enough and that I needed to build this strength.
To prepare for this, my coach got me into cycling … he wanted me to do at least 6 months of cycle training to build my legs and core before I began my focused row training …although at the same time had me doing several long rows a week.
Because of this, last year we chose the Race Across America (non-stop bike race across America where one has 12 days to complete the ride)
So I spent 6 months vigorously training/riding my bike to achieve this race finish.
But I failed to finish and I DNF’d for the first time in my life.
I did not achieve my goal.
Instead of coming back victorious, and going straight into my row training, Sophie made a great point – as RAAM was part of my climb to reach my summit which is to solo row the Atlantic, and I didn’t complete RAAM … I had no choice but to do the race again until I finished it.
I am a mediocre cyclist .. mainly because I don’t have the experience.
To ensure I made RAAM happen this time … I hired one of the top professional ultra-cyclists and current 2 x world record holder, Marko Baloh to be my coach.
As he has done RAAM 7 times (finishing 5 times) He understands the race perfectly.
I spent the past 10 months training for RAAM with a big focus on climbing training and did several training camps in Gran Canaria, France, Jebel Hafeet, Hatta, Oman, Dubai and now Slovenia.
I am ready for RAAM.
But last week, Sophie’s “Tata” (person who was like her mother) died … and for many reasons, Sophie can no longer go to America and be my crew chief and experience RAAM.
I thought about it … as I will only do RAAM one more time, I decided to postpone my RAAM until 015 when she and Giovanna will be able to come and crew and experience the race with me … so instead I will do Race Around Slovenia May, Race Around Austria mid-August, and ideally Race Around Ireland in September, all of which include a lot of climbing which will be great preparation for RAAM 015.
I am not very good at cycling and the thought of another year of mainly focusing on cycle training is hard to think about right now – but it gives more time to focus on my core, and build my leg strength which ultimately will be a great benefit for when I row the Atlantic.
Also, I train at InnerFight with Marcus Smith and Neil Flanagan who are working with me on my core and back strength for preparation for the row.
I was scheduled to do the row from November 014 and I am budgeting 60-80 days for the crossing (because of Christmas holiday and end of year, I don’t miss much work) …but because I failed RAAM last year, the row got rescheduled to Nov. 015…
But since I am not doing RAAM until 015, I will do the row from Nov. 016.
Do you have any goals that are 3-4 years away?
The world we live in today is all about instant gratification. We want it all, and we want it right now … if we don’t get it, fuck it. We go out and find something else to want.
Think about your own goals and aspirations. Are you falling in the trap of giving up on things because you don’t see instant success?
Reflect back on something you started to go after ..
training, diet, a new hobby, studying a language, etc … and you started, and were into it, but something got in the way or it became uncomfortable and difficult and ultimately you quit your goal.
But think about … what if you had not stopped climbing?
What if you had just gotten up and kept climbing when you got distracted and the climb had become tough …what if you had not quit…
Where would you be now?
At the end of the day, “achieving” anything does not happen overnight.
Don’t stop climbing.
If you are looking to do RAAM or any other ultra cycling race, the best coach you can get is Marko Baloh. I can not recommend this man enough. Awesome coach and person.
If you live in Dubai, and are looking to take your life to the next level and get in shape, no other team in Dubai is better than Marcus Smith’s team at InnerFight.
“……..I shall be telling this with a sigh… somewhere ages and ages hence: two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
The main purpose of this blog is to communicate with my employees, leaders at naseba, future employees, my clients, and future clients– at the same time helping me stay focused on my climb.
The photo gallery includes pictures of my different travels and adventures — this section will be updated with more pictures and videos as I travel.
I am posting the pictures of myself in exotic locations to show the readers, esp. the readers in America that the world is much different to what we see on CNN.
Pictures of my travels throughout the Middle East and Africa will hopefully inspire the reader to not let the misinformation in the media prevent you from experiencing the world.
We want the blog to become more interactive, however, we will not post comments which add no value to the discussion, even if the comment is very positive about the blog or me personally.
Please give your input or comment to the discussions, but ensure your comment adds something to the discussion.
Unlike other CEO blogs where the communications or marketing team writes the blog entries for the CEO, I write each entry myself. I travel often so sometimes there might be a few days between entries.
I write only when I have something to add to the discussion.
To keep the blog as focused as possible, I do not discuss or post blogs and pictures about my family.
Lastly, the main purpose of my blog is to manage myself.
If I am going to blog about staying positive – I must stay positive myself.
If I am going to blog about making life happen – I must make my life happen.
However, as loyal readers have noticed, I am also fighting against dishonesty, misinformation, mediocrity, and negativity, all which seem to be sweeping across the world like an uncontrollable virus.
I guess you can say….
I am searching for John Galt.
C. Scott Ragsdale,
Scott Ragsdale was born in 1971 and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska attended high school at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with BA in Political Science in 1995.
At the University of California in 1994, Scott was elected President of the Berkeley College Republicans. During his Presidency the club grew to the 2nd largest College Republican club in America.
Prior to co-founding naseba in 2002, he worked as a General Manager for a global business information company in seven different international cities: Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Monaco, Barcelona and London.
Scott has 15+ years of international management experience and has developed, managed and trained employees from more than 50 nationalities.
He lived in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan for 5 years and passed the highest level on the Japanese proficiency exam (1 kyu).
Scott is a two-time Ironman finisher, has run more than 20 marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and successfully completed Marathon des Sables – a 7 day race across the Sahara desert in Morocco, considered to be the most difficult foot race in the world.
In 2010, Scott swam across the English Channel.
In 2011, he completed naseba7, 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days across the 7 Emirates of the UAE.
He is an avid collector of Cuban cigars and boasts one of the largest personal collections in the world.
Scott has lived outside of America since 1994; living for significant periods of time in 9 countries; has travelled to more than 100 countries and speaks French and Japanese.
He currently lives with his family in Dubai.