TBLP133 | Breaking Through at the Berlin Marathon

I recently completed the Berlin marathon. I run because it helps me stay fit, help me train, and eat well.

Berlin marathon is my fourth marathon that I am trying to complete.

Why am I sharing my Berlin Marathon experience

  • Share defining moments that changed my life
  • Moment of clarity
  • Moment of bliss

For many of you who don’t know, a full marathon is 26 miles or 42 kilometers. We are running the Berlin marathon. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling ready and thinking that this is going to be the best race of my life.

It was about 10-12 degrees in Berlin. It was cold. I was on target to hit my goal at four hours. But at the 25K mark, halfway through the race, rain poured. Now my upper body started tensing; my neck started tensing. My hands were getting numb. If I rolled my shoulder, I could feel my nerves pinch, and a shock of electricity goes through my arms.

I was questioning my sanity. I was wondering, “Why do I put myself through this?”

An hour later, something happened. I’m in the pit of despair. I hate life. I looked down, and something changed. I released myself from all expectations, and almost immediately, I felt a release. I started smiling, huge smiles. I looked around. I’m running a marathon in Berlin, Germany, it was terrific. I finished the marathon.

Overall, I was tired but happy and, and I was celebrating.

The lesson that I take from this was I understood the goals that I had. I controlled my environment. I managed everything that I needed to do up until the race, which was the train, eat well, rest, prepare, do everything right. But what happened was I couldn’t control my outside world, which was the rain. But I allowed myself, my emotions to get affected by the rain.

And it was a moment of enlightenment.

A good friend of mine once said that when you had a moment of enlightenment, you are blessed. I was blessed with the wisdom, understanding, that release all my expectations.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The reason behind running the Berlin Marathon
  • What are the challenges I have to face during the race
  • Life lessons I learned from running the Berlin Marathon

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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TBLP006 | Greg Friesen: Learn from Your Suppliers and Customers

Greg Friesen is the Vice President of Product Management at DragonWave. Greg is responsible for global product management across DragonWave’s complete portfolio of products.

Greg has 19 years experience in senior product management roles, network design, planning, and engineering, including his current role at DragonWave and previous roles at Nortel Networks, Innovance Networks, and Fundy Telecom.

Greg has authored numerous papers and magazine articles in and has spoken at numerous industry conferences. Greg also holds 2 granted patents and has 3 pending applications in the networking area.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • One of the largest cellular phone equipment (hint: your LTE data streams go through their equipment)
  • What his biggest challenge leading a team and company from $3M to over $100M plus global business
  • How he learned how to adjust his leadership style as the company grew and scaled
  • How working at McDonald’s at a young age helped him shape his career
  • Find out what his “healthy addiction” is
  • What he learned from his largest customers and suppliers
  • Find out where the vision of the future comes from

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.