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May 16, 2008

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josh

Hey Bryan,

As you know, my personal interests run the gamut and as a self-proclaimed wannabe polymath, I really love when people can look at a conventional subject through the lens of a alternative mindset. This, is the reason I really love your blog (aside from those residual checks that mysteriously appear in my bank account each month, strange). Sadly, I admit to being one of the many "freeriders" who stop by to read your blog and do not comment as often as I would like to, or should for that matter. Nonetheless, while I figure out the solution to this collective action problem, I came across something that you might want to check out.

Just as your site is about much more than running, I just finished a great book by a true renaissance man which is about much more than it appears to be. Regardless of what genre you find this book under in Amazon, the truth of the matter is it is about focusing on a goal to achieve greatness and should be somewhere between Comedy and Awesomeness. On a meta-level the book is really about performing to your fullest, developing the mindset of a champion, creating an aurora of success and devoting yourself to perfection by being diligent. By innovating to consistently increase your self-awareness and pursue the apex of what goal you are trying to achieve, you are left with no alternative but to, in his own words:

"…be so good they can't ignore you…"

Couple this with the fact the he is an ardent student of philosophy and a UCLA Bruin alumni to boot, you have what looks to be, the makings of a interesting parallel to your own writings.

Can you guess who he is?


***Spoiler ALERT***

http://www.amazon.com/Born-Standing-Up-Comics-Life/dp/1416553649

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Anyways, drop me a line sometime… I'm currently working in London until the end of July but would love to catch up. Hope all is well with work and the family, talk to you soon.

Best,
Josh

bryan

Hey Josh,

I'll take it as a compliment that you're even mentioning my writings with those of the amazing Steve Martin. Have you seen the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile? Great play. I'll have to pick up this book after your glowing review!

As we've talked about before, this blog isn't really about running. Perhaps I should start bringing in a few more of these types of examples as well. The amazing thing about people who achieve greatness is that no matter what field they do it in, the basic qualities that get them there are pretty similar. Particularly with regards to how they think about their day-to-day lives.

Thanks for the great tip and I look forward to catching up again soon. Enjoy London!

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