Why being the best, isn’t ALWAYS best and not being the best can be better:
Let me start off by saying I can’t speak from experience as to exactly what being the best is like. This post is based off of first hand observation mostly.
It’s cool being able to say you’re “number one”, the champ, the best on your team (or in your field, or at your gym, or fill in the blank) I guess.
But does it benefit you?
Does knowing you’re the best make you better? Who do you think works harder, the person who proves to be the “best” in the group every time they do anything, or the person next to that guy?
The person that is striving to catch up, that knows he’s not the best. See, that guy gets a front row seat to what is possible although not yet within his reach. He has a tangible, visible presence, reminding him that he needs to push a little farther if he wants to become better. What does the guy who knows he’s the best have?
Well I’ll tell you right now if he doesn’t have the drive and physical as well as mental work capacity of Fronning, he’s got a tough road to improvement.
I think Rich has something very, very, few people have (besides the obvious: talent/ strength/ genetics/ etc.) I think he has the ability to view himself as equal to his competitors and associates regardless of if he has proven his superiority. He stays humble, constantly aware that there can be someone “better” right around the corner. He’s the exception though.
The guy who is the “best” around, and has proven it multiple times can become complacent. He has very little to strive for because he is already on top, so why keep climbing?
(There is also the sad and pitiful guy who thinks he’s the best, he is quite sure of it, and he is not at all correct. Don’t be that guy, that guy is lonely.)
Be the person who surrounds himself with those superior to him. Who enjoys the accomplishments as they come, but stays hungry. Stays motivated as they work to become “better” alongside the “best” athletes. And most importantly stays humble if they ever get to be the “best” that’s making someone else “better”. I am fortunate enough to constantly be surrounded by superior athletes.
No matter what, when I walk into class at Crossfit Factory Square there is someone who is stronger, faster, or more skilled than me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Coconut Cranberry Bark:
1 bag “Enjoy Life” chocolate chunks
1/2 cup unsweetened cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup any combination of raw cashews, pistachios, macadamia nuts, pecans (or pretty much anything else that suits your fancy)
Pre-heat your oven to 300. Spread all your ingredients on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. You want a single layer but with all the pieces touching. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Take a spatula and spread the chocolate making sure its coating everything. Pop that baby in the freezer for about an hour. Once it’s hardened you can take it out and break it up to share, or your can just keep it one giant bark slab and eat it all and have a tummy ache later.