A collection of essays from athletes, CEOs, and entrepreneurs sharing the lessons they've learned from influential people in their lives.
"We All must respect and honor the shoulders upon which we stand, and be thankful for guidance that helped us find our paths. With that said, kudos to Scott MacGregor on his anthology, Standing O! It's such a fantastic collection of contributing authors who share their gratitude for life lessons learned." -Tiki Barber, New York Giants All-time leading rusher, Ring of Honor
Dirk Vlieks was at the top of his game. At the age of thirty-two he was a top-ranked triathlete with numerous Ironman finishes under his belt. That all changed in an instant one day in June of 2006 when he stepped groggily from his bike in Honu, Hawaii, and collapsed. He had suffered a stroke so devastating that by the time he reached the hospital, a doctor told his wife to prepare to turn off the machines keeping him alive.
Vlieks spent the next two months in intensive care before he was strong enough to begin a rehabilitation program that included learning to speak, talk, eat, and walk again. His first weaving assisted walks turned later to slow jogs, then short runs. Five years later, he returned to Hawaii to finish the race in which he nearly died. He would then run the New York City Marathon. In Square One: Returning to Life and Competitive Running After My Devastating Stroke, Vlieks shares his inspirational story about persevering against all odds. It has not been a smooth ride, and he continues to work—and run and inspire. His mission now is to help energize and motivate others to live their lives with determination and joy.
Dirk Vlieks began moving the moment he was born. From childhood days of hiking and skiing in the Alps to tennis and biking as a California teen, he did not enjoy sitting still. After playing Division I tennis for four years at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and playing tennis semi-professionally in Brazil, he discovered triathlon, ultra-distance running, and skate-skiing. He has competed in multiple Ironman-distance triathlons around the world, including the Kona Hawaii Ironman. These days he looks for marathons and half marathons from his home in Mystic, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Kelsey, and his twin daughters, Anna and Elizabeth.
WARNING: You are afraid!
Is Fear holding you back? Does the thought of the future or the past fill you with dread? Are you trapped in your comfort zone, fantasizing about breaking free but cornered by your Fear?
Throughout our lives we will encounter many emotions. Emotions that color our world and reveal things about ourselves. Emotions can be responses. They can carry momentum. They can pull back or push a life forward.
So why would you read a book about Fear? An emotion traditionally associated with negative things. Well, I'm here to tell you that Fear is not what you think it is. Fear is no deceiver. Neither is it a saint. Fear, with its many masks, holds a grain of truth about you. Fear is a guide, a brother, a sister, a friend, meant to in some cases keep you safe and in others bring out the best in you. Fear is your eternal sparring partner who you must unmask and then embrace if you are ever to seize your life.
Join me as I contemplate Fear and share my encounters with it. Together we'll consider the importance of Fear, and the means to understand, accept and challenge it.
Are you ready to unmask Fear?
WARNING: You don’t know who you really are!
Do you feel lost, without direction or purpose? Do you lack motivation and desire? Do you feel like the things you want in life elude you? This can't be all there is to life.
Even if you have a great life, do you feel you can't seem to get over that final hump to living the life of your dreams?
No matter who you think you are, whether you're lost or think you’ve found yourself, this book will help you look beyond your impression of the expectations of others and the image you've convinced yourself you are.
This book will help you look deep down and approach difficult questions, questions you may have been putting off your whole life. We’ll explore your fears and your hopes. We’ll strip away the unessential. And, after we grasp your old self, we’ll help you discover who you really are. With simple exercises throughout, you’ll be able to look beyond the image that stares back at you in the mirror every day and start discovering the real you and living the life you really want.
Are you ready to break free? Then let’s get started.
Anthony Butto is the founder of Journey Evolution, author, and empowerment coach, with a passion and purpose to help men and women become stronger individuals so that they have more confidence, self-worth, and happiness in their lives.