Hard Chargers and Quitters – Look before you leap; but never back down

I was working out the other day and my buddy was telling how many “quitters” he has seen over the years in the gym. If you know me, you know I never quit, ever. However the thought kind of got me thinking about how quitting in sports is just as dumb as hard charging. For example, on the mountain, I’ve seen people do some really REALLY dumb things. Usually when the average skier see’s a cliff, they either quit, or hard charge. The elite skiers evaluate, look, then leap.

My friend in the gym just assumed that I would see the cliff and hard charge it. Mogul runs, cliffs, chutes, off piste, steep, deep; no problem. I realized that most of my ski buddies probably see me as a “hard charger” on the mountain, and a “hard charger” in the office. I suppose it’s really “making it look easy”. Behind the scenes of any elite athlete, top-notch engineer, or skilled tradesman are complex calculations from experience for every decision. At some point these calculations become second nature and happen subconsciously and are considered “gut” or “instinct”.

The point is that hard chargers and quitters typically fail. Only difference is hard chargers feel pain on the outside when quitters implode. The elite look like hard chargers, but it’s really instantaneous calculations leading to quick decisions. The last time I hard charged anything, I hit a sidewall off a 15ft cliff off a glacier in Whistler. I think of that every time I’m rushed into a business decision (or in line for a first track lift on a pow day)!

Look before you leap.