At some point in time we have all heard the saying “you get what you pay for.” Circumstance usually dictates whether or not this holds true for any given situation, but for most things in my life I have found this to be extremely relevant.
Let me tell you a quick story: When I was a kid I loved to ride bikes. It was the only thing I did for about four years. I had two bikes for two very different purposes; a mountain bike and a BMX bike. I was very proud of my bikes and made sure they were in perfect working order at all times. During the summer, riding my bike was the single most important activity in my day.
When the time came where I outgrew my current setup, I remember asking my Dad to take me to the bike store to look at some potential new purchases. I had a general idea of the kind of setup I was looking for, but was unsure of what I could afford. I was convinced that a lighter frame and better suspension system would help me take it to the next level and I was committed to doing anything it took to ensure I got the bike of my dreams.
When we got to the bike store I began looking at all the possibilities. When I began looking at the price tags on each bike reality quickly set in that if I was truly going to get the bike of my dreams, I was going to have to wait and work for it. Over the next few months I developed a “business plan” (walking door to door) where I acquired a list of clients who wanted to pay me to shovel their sidewalks during the winter. I woke up every morning at 4 before school and shoveled walks for $5 until I was finished, or until it was time for me to get ready for school (in which case I had to come home and finish shoveling after school). I kept a journal of how much I made and where it came from. I remained diligent with my savings all winter and with a large amount of help from mother nature, I managed to shovel my way, 5 dollars at a time, to my dream bike which cost around $700.
The reason I bring this up is because at a young age my parents helped me to understand the importance of value. The saying “you get what you pay for” was absolutely true in my case. I could have purchased a less expensive bike from a lesser known vendor and probably would have had a great time. I also could have shoveled until I made the money I needed, and then shut down my business. I could have done a lot of things, but I would have never learned the importance of patience and value. In my opinion, value is something that is best understood when experienced.
How does this apply to our upcoming Art of Breath Seminar?
Personally I don’t believe we should ever stop learning. At some point or other all of us have been in a classroom. Whether we wanted to be there or not is a different story, but I’m sure we can all think back and remember classes in which our teacher was the difference maker. Learning from someone who is passionate about what they are teaching is a vastly different experience from learning from someone who is just reciting what’s on the page.
The upcoming Art of Breath Seminar is something that I was passionate about bringing to Kingfield. Last year, I had a great opportunity to learn from Brian Mackenzie about breathing and how it relates to performance. Since then I have spent a considerable amount of my time learning about how I can further grow my practice. I believe that the single most powerful thing we have as human beings is our own free will and the ability to learn from others. We have to allow ourselves to have a growing mindset in which we own the fact that it takes time to understand and perfect any craft. By doing that we will begin to understand the value of investing in ourselves.
If you are on the fence about signing up for the upcoming Art of Breath seminar (Saturday, Feb. 25th) take 5 or 10 minutes to read our past blogs. Go ahead and use the Google machine to research Brian Mackenzie (@iamunscared) and Rob Wilson (@preparetoperform) and see what they have been talking about over the past year. You can also go to www.powerspeedendurance.com to read more.