Have you ever wondered how people can be so great in the moment? How they can go with the flow so perfectly and know exactly how to maneuver a situation in their favor?
Maybe it’s the ability to land that dream client who seemed unattainable.
Maybe it’s being able to nail that trick on a skateboard, just when it seems like things are about to go wrong.
In any case, the secret to your success and ability to go with the flow stems from the same place: failure.
We all fear failure, but in the end it’s what makes us stronger. It means we’ve been testing the space, and working towards our dreams.
To go into this more I wanted to post a clip of a previous episode with Travis Pastrana.
Travis is an amazing athlete of a different type. He’s won gold medals for motocross in the X-Games, and is a phenomenal BMX rider. He even runs his own action sports show: Nitro Circus.
Learn how you can become a master of your own passions, on Episode 624.
Lewis Howes: This is 5-Minute Friday!!
Welcome, everyone, to The School of Greatness Podcast. We’ve got a very special and fun interview with a legend in motorsports competition and stunt performances, Travis Pastrana in the house. And he is an American motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and XGames gold medals in several events including supercross, motorcross, freestyle motorcross and rally racing. He runs a show called, Nitro Circus, and previously competed in the Nascar Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing.
Travis Pastrana: The more bad experiences you’re in, the more bad experiences that you will get in that you will know how to get out of. If that makes any sense. So, if you’re in the air and everything’s going wrong, but you’ve been in a similar situation, you know either it worked or it didn’t work, but you already have… you’re not relying on thinking, you’re just doing it.
And I feel like when you drop in to do something you’ve never done before, you already have an idea. You know what the take-off feels like, you know what the pull feels like, you’ve tried it in a foam pit or an airbag or something, so, for me, flow is simply repetition. It’s being, it’s knowing every part of my motorcycle or bicycle so in and out, that no matter what happens, I’m not that concerned about it, because I know how to get out of it.
And that’s why guys like R Willy do so great. It’s because every time they mess up one trick, they might invent another trick, because they realise what spins or how that, you know? So it’s that mentally go and, “Whatever this stunt, this trick, this jump, this day throws at me, I’ve got it covered, because I’ve put in the work.”
The only time that I feel like I’m really out of flow is when I’m thrown in a different element. Like people are like, “Hey, here’s some ski’s.” I’m like, “Oh, gosh, I can’t ski at all,” but going down a hill, as soon as I get in the air, “Ah, alright, there we go, back where… Okay, there we go, let’s do some spins,” and then I land back on the ski’s, and I’m like, “Oh, gosh!” So, for me, flow is repetition.
The hardest part is with travel and with family and with everything, it does get more challenging, but give me an hour on my road bicycle every day, and I don’t care if we get to bed at three o’clock and we have to get up at five, I’d rather not sleep and just get that time for me that’s… I was never good at sitting on a couch or sitting anywhere just meditating.
Lewis Howes: Being still.
Travis Pastrana: Being still, yeah. But on a road bike, I feel like, especially around my house in Maryland, it could be hot, it could be cold, it could be whatever, and just going out and where there’s not a lot of cars on the roads around the house, and there’s some good bike trails, and just to put your music in and just have that time that’s kind of alone.
And the first little bit you kind of wind down, and then you have that little bit of that peace where you just kind of ride, and you might be thinking about what’s going on and then you have that bit at the end, where if you want to push it, you want to go a little hard, you want to see what you’re made of again, every day, you promise you won’t do it, but the next time you want to see if you can beat that record. So, for me, that kind of like covers all three of my bases.
If you’re passionate enough about something, even if it’s not exactly how you want it to be, you’ll find a way to make it work. I don’t know, I feel like if what goes around, comes around, is something, but I guess, kind of stick with it, because I feel like there’s a lot of people that get a lot of luck, or people that get a lot of bad luck, and a lot of people with a lot of luck kind of change who they are and a lot of people with a lot of bad luck quit.
And it’s, like I say, what goes around comes around, if you don’t quit, there’s so many times, I have so many friends that would just, something was just about to come through and they gave up, which is fine, that’s what they want to do. But what goes around, comes around. If you can just stick with it. If you can go through enough bad.
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