written by Josh Fisher

My life has been a battle against addiction and impulsive tendencies, requiring a conscious effort to stay on the right path. These qualities have become instrumental in my journey as an endurance athlete, offering solace and strength amidst physical and mental challenges.

During grueling ultra-marathons, I confront my inner demons head-on, silencing the voices of my past. On the trail, I take control of my narrative, fighting back against these demons. It’s not just about finishing; it’s the profound self-conversations that matter.

Running these challenging races has taught me invaluable life lessons that extend far beyond the racecourse. I’m excited to share these lessons with the hope that they inspire you to push your boundaries and elevate your leadership:

  1. Remove Excuses or Outs: We all have something in our past that haunts us. Facing your demons head-on is the first step toward personal growth and leadership excellence.
  2. Preparation is Key: In any endeavor, be it leadership or an ultra-marathon, preparation is crucial. But equally important is the ability to adapt and stay agile when facing unexpected challenges.
  3. Know Your Limits: Understanding your limits is essential for sustainable growth. Sometimes it’s okay to push those limits, but it’s equally important to recognize when you need to pace yourself.
  4. Embrace Imperfection: Perfection is a noble pursuit, but true beauty often lies in imperfection. Embrace your flaws and learn from them. It’s these imperfections that make us unique and resilient.
  5. Surround Yourself with Community: No one succeeds alone. My journey is a testament to the power of community. Surround yourself with supportive individuals who share your goals and values.

Check out the video below to learn more about my story in “Did Not Finish: An Ultra-Runner’s Story of Overcoming Adversity.”

Leadership isn’t just about guiding others; it’s about leading yourself through life’s challenges and triumphs. It’s about confronting your past, owning your future, and, above all, pushing yourself beyond the limits you impose on yourself.

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