Last year I watched a documentary called “Riding Giants.” It’s basically a history of big wave riding, and introduces you to various legends of the sport. I’m not a surfer, but I enjoy outdoor activities, and I had heard good things about this film.
A key character is a guy named Laird Hamilton. Laird has lived in Hawaii and surfed his entire life, and at 47 years old is still the best big wave rider alive. Yes, that’s right, at 47. One of the reasons Laird is so good at what he does is that he eats well and exercises a ton. You can learn more on his web site. A physical fitness trainer who trains lots of professional athletes says Laird is in the best shape of anybody he works with. Again, he’s 47.
I’m 37 and while I’ve always tried to stay in decent shape, it’s been easier the last few years to give myself excuses not to work out, or not to push myself as hard as I used to. But no more. I got so inspired watching this guy do what he does that I’ve completely overhauled my diet and my workout regimen, and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for 20 years and I feel better than I have since I was a kid.
Why’s this on the Schedulefly blog? Well, I’ve also learned that making this change has given me tons more general energy and a clearer mind. When I work on Schedulefly stuff, I’m more creative, more thoughtful, and better able to focus for long periods of time. In other words, the changes I’ve made have helped me become a better partner in our business.
So thanks, Laird, for the inspiration. And if you haven’t watched Riding Giants, check it out. Whether you’re into surfing or not, it’s a pretty awesome history of an amazing sport.