What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part II- How do you define your life?)


(Pic: It took me almost a year to finish the big fat Triathlon Science book over many many many evenings. The triathlon book (in Mandarin) inspired me to do triathlon!)

Keys points to take away:

– Navigating your life without a clear destination is just ‘drifting‘; won’t get you anywhere good.
– Do something in your own time and define your after-work life.


What’s your goal in life? This is a big question and worth spending some time on it.

Let’s step back and try to answer this question differently. Try to ‘partition’ your life into two parts: work life and private life. Your goal in your work life is probably easier to define; position, social status, money and perhaps fame. Then how about the other 50% of your life, your private (after-work) life?

Most of my coaching clients didn’t have goals for their private lives before starting coaching. While for most cases, I coach for their professional lives, it’s impossible to achieve success in your work life without having a meaningful private life. Most of my clients used to spend hours watching TV or on their mobile devices after work. Perhaps you are the same?

There is nothing wrong with this. However, I’d suggest that you give yourself a ‘focus’ for your after-work life. Why?

By giving yourself a focus, you will try to work towards it. If your motivation is strong, then you will try hard to achieve it. You will even use your TV time to do some research about how to achieve your goal in your after-work life. Then, you will feel like a different person because now you have something to pursue after work.

Some people work on their hobbies after work, and these people will tell you that they love spending hours on those activities. My choices are growing my fruits and vegetables in my garden and doing Ironman. Do I study on these two ‘hobbies’? Yes, I do and this is how I define my after-work life. Gardening gives me a means to grow my own foods. Ironman gives me a goal to achieve and define myself. So, I’m happier when I go to work! ^_<

Dr. Richard C. Wu @ ReeaConsulting.com
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  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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