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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Getting Up Again: Lessons from Skateboarding

Rodney Mullen is widely considered to be the most influential skateboarder in skateboarding history. He shares with humility and passion how the constant search for improvement has led to outstanding innovations and how we can all learn from lessons of great skateboarders.

You may not think that skateboarding and success have much in common, but there is one thing skateboarders definitely know how to do: get back up.  Skateboarders crash repeatedly for hours and hours in hopes of landing the perfect trick. It's a great analogy for finding success in your own ventures. Nobody lands a kick-flip the first time they try it.

More importantly, Mullen talks about the factor that makes you get back on the board again. There are a ton of people with the strength and acrobatic ability—or "gears"—to take on skateboarding tricks, but without the desire to get back up after getting broken and bruised—or the "engine"—you'll never actually succeed at what you're trying to accomplish. Remember, life is full of scraped shins, broken arms, and groin shots—but you have to get back on the board.

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