The Challenging, Beautiful and Fun Triathlon

On September 27th, I completed the Carpinteria Triathlon sprint course.  This was my third triathlon since I began my journey from office potato to triathlete.

If there are three words that I can use to describe the experience, they are challenging, beautiful fun.

The Swim

The morning of the triathlon, Carpinteria was fogged in.  There were rumors that the start was to be delayed.  However, I still took the opportunity to get in a practice swim and I got a surprise.  The water was cooler than expected, the swell impressive, the surf a little scary, and the fog disorienting.  Swimming back toward shore during my practice swim, something happened and I got turned around.  When I looked up to sight shore, all I saw was buoy.  I panicked momentarily was I swung a 360 to figure out where I was. The fog and swell hid the shore, testing my ability to stay calm. Luckily, I got back on track, but then realized how strong the current was carrying me toward the start line.  The swim portion was going to be interesting.

You can read more over at my training blog: Aric In Training

Components of Your Future

Future.  It is what you make it to be.

Goals.  They are what you want.

Actions.  The past and present efforts.

Network. These are the people that are going to help you.

Passion. It is what drives you to build your future with goals, take actions and network.

Building the components into a coherent package leads to a successful future.  While some look toward the future with joy, others see a future full of dismay from a lack of network, improperly defined goals, and lack of action.  Don’t be dismay…  build joy.

Components of Your Future

Future.  It is what you make it to be.

Goals.  They are what you want.

Actions.  The past and present efforts.

Network. These are the people that are going to help you.

Passion. It is what drives you to build your future with goals, take actions and network.

Building the components into a coherent package leads to a successful future.  While some look toward the future with joy, others see a future full of dismay from a lack of network, improperly defined goals, and lack of action.  Don’t be dismay…  build joy.

What You Are Paid For

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision ~ James Whistler

The above quote speaks volumes for what you need to deliver day in and day out.  Like an artist, we all have vision in our positions, so when we deliver our product, it is the vision that we must deliver in a clear and concise way.

As an Analyst, when I create a chart, there is a vision that created that chart that must be communicated for others to use in their decision making process.  This is why analytics are truly an artform with the visual representation the key.  In this sense, I am not paid for my labor, but for my vision.

A trainer/coach is not paid for their workouts but for their long-term vision and commitment. – Aric Monts (taking inspiration from Mr. Whistler)

As I consider shaking up the fitness industry, it is not the workouts that clients want.  It is the long-term vision of their fitness and the commitment of an individualized trainer that they want.   Anyone can create a basic workout, but putting the workouts together with the vision in the form of a training plan and following up with commitment, the client will be loyal.

The next time you look at your pay stub, think about not what you physically delivered, but the vision that it represents!

What You Are Paid For

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision ~ James Whistler

The above quote speaks volumes for what you need to deliver day in and day out.  Like an artist, we all have vision in our positions, so when we deliver our product, it is the vision that we must deliver in a clear and concise way.

As an Analyst, when I create a chart, there is a vision that created that chart that must be communicated for others to use in their decision making process.  This is why analytics are truly an artform with the visual representation the key.  In this sense, I am not paid for my labor, but for my vision.

A trainer/coach is not paid for their workouts but for their long-term vision and commitment. – Aric Monts (taking inspiration from Mr. Whistler)

As I consider shaking up the fitness industry, it is not the workouts that clients want.  It is the long-term vision of their fitness and the commitment of an individualized trainer that they want.   Anyone can create a basic workout, but putting the workouts together with the vision in the form of a training plan and following up with commitment, the client will be loyal. 

The next time you look at your pay stub, think about not what you physically delivered, but the vision that it represents!



 

Why Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Will Succeed!

Starbucks is certainly a company that knows how to sell coffee.  Heck, it was Starbucks that helped save us from the percolated Folger’s of yester-year.  They even saved us from those coffee crystals that our grandparents swore by for years.

That is why many people are having a hard time with Starbucks’ new VIA Ready Brew instant coffee.  How dare the king of coffee take us back to the product that they saved us from.   However, this isn’t your grandparents’ coffee crystals.

Sure I was skeptical, but I ordered a pack of each flavor, Columbia and Italian Roast, from starbucksstore.com to get an early taste here in California.  As I tore open the stylish package and dumped it in the cup, I realized that there was something different about it.  It looked absolutely nothing like the instant coffee that is currently on the market… it looked like coffee.  Imagine that!

Adding the water and stirring it up produced a cup of coffee not that far from fresh brewed and without the wait.  Fresh brewed coffee, when done right, takes upwards of ten minutes to prepare (grind, heat water, pour, seep, taste, etc), but you can get something close in minutes with VIA.

So, why do I think VIA Ready Brew will succeed? Here are the major points:

1) It is a refreshing 21st century take on the old instant coffee of yester-year.

2) VIA looks nothing like what is on the market: from the awesome slender pocket friendly packaging to the real coffee look of the product.

3) VIA comes with the wonderful Starbucks buying experience that we love of their retail stores.  Baristas with smiles simply can’t compete with the grocery store clerk when you buy Folger’s.

4) The product has many uses: sprinkle it on ice cream, add it to a vinegrette or your favorite brownies to please any coffee lover

5) It is great to take with you.  The ultra-portable and stylish packaging fits in your pocket/purse and all you need is a cup and some hot water.  That stale workplace coffee will be getting even more stale with VIA Ready Brew in your cup!

While I was skeptical of VIA in the beginning, after spending one week with these little packets of awesome coffee goodness, I really think Starbucks have shaken up the instant coffee market by bringing us a pleasantly refreshed version of my grandparents hideous crystals.

What do you know… Starbucks has still saved us from instant coffee nightmares!

Why Starbucks VIA Ready Brew will Succeed!

Starbucks is certainly a company that knows how to sell coffee.  Heck, it was Starbucks that helped save us from the percolated Folger’s of yester-year.  They even saved us from those coffee crystals that our grandparents swore by for years.  

That is why many people are having a hard time with Starbucks’ new VIA Ready Brew instant coffee.  How dare the king of coffee take us back to the product that they saved us from.   However, this isn’t your grandparents’ coffee crystals. 

Sure I was skeptical, but I ordered a pack of each flavor, Columbia and Italian Roast, from starbucksstore.com to get an early taste here in California.  As I tore open the stylish package and dumped it in the cup, I realized that there was something different about it.  It looked absolutely nothing like the instant coffee that is currently on the market… it looked like coffee.  Imagine that! 

Adding the water and stirring it up produced a cup of coffee not that far from fresh brewed and without the wait.  Fresh brewed coffee, when done right, takes upwards of ten minutes to prepare (grind, heat water, pour, seep, taste, etc), but you can get something close in minutes with VIA. 

So, why do I think VIA Ready Brew will succeed? Here are the major points:

1) It is a refreshing 21st century take on the old instant coffee of yester-year.

2) VIA looks nothing like what is on the market: from the awesome slender pocket friendly packaging to the real coffee look of the product.

3) VIA comes with the wonderful Starbucks buying experience that we love of their retail stores.  Baristas with smiles simply can’t compete with the grocery store clerk when you buy Folger’s.

4) The product has many uses: sprinkle it on ice cream, add it to a vinegrette or your favorite brownies to please any coffee lover

5) It is great to take with you.  The ultra-portable and stylish packaging fits in your pocket/purse and all you

need is a cup and some hot water.  That stale workplace coffee will be getting even more stale with VIA Ready Brew in your cup!

6) Starbucks VIA Ready Brew is on a road trip and is all over the social media cloud.

While I was skeptical of VIA in the beginning, after spending one week with these little packets of awesome coffee goodness, I really think Starbucks have shaken up the instant coffee market by bringing us a pleasantly refreshed version of my grandparents hideous crystals.

What do you know… Starbucks has still saved us from instant coffee nightmares!