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What would you do to be the best?

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Ken Nowicki
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2011/04/03 18:09:25 (permalink)
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What would you do to be the best?

Something similar was asked on another forum, so decided to throw the question out on here too.
 
What have you or would you sacrifice to be the best at your chosen sport?
 
For me the perfect answer was on the other forum, I have quoted it and my reply to it as well:
 
Relationship, money, work, friends, HEALTH, social life, every other hobby, anything else that gets in my way......

 
This, you have to make huge sacrifices to get to where you want to be, but IMO it's worth it when you achieve your dreams!

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    m12_shakes
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 18:18:12 (permalink)
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    Hmmm I'm unsure.
     
    It is worth being the best at any chosen sport, when you to have sacrifice your health, family and friends, and/or even a good stable relationship? Personally I don't think so, family, friends IMO come first.
     
    My family, friends and GF bring a certain happiness no sport or money could bring.
     
    Just my 2p :)
    post edited by M12 Shakes - 2011/04/03 18:54:45

    Regards,
    m12
     

     
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    JCulverwell
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 18:21:47 (permalink)
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    Id prob go as far as to throw a kittern into a bowl of water. That would be as hardcore as I get.
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    Hoppy1975
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 18:24:43 (permalink)
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    Yeh not to sure of many sports you can excel in with poor health !
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 18:51:32 (permalink)
    +2 (1)
    When the curtains close and its all over, family is all that is left and matters.  I give 110% but never at the cost of my family, ever.
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 18:58:29 (permalink)
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    JCulverwell

    Id prob go as far as to throw a kittern into a bowl of water. That would be as hardcore as I get.


    You disgust me........

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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 19:00:08 (permalink)
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    Yeh not to sure of many sports you can excel in with poor health ! 

     
    There are plenty where you can sacrifice your health in later life to be the best at today.

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -   George Orwell
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 19:00:31 (permalink)
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    i have sacrificed most of those, but i wouldnt knowingly damage my health.
     
    i have taken chances with it, but done everything i can to minimise the harm/risks.  doing something knowing that its going to damage your health is IMO just one sacrifice too many.  i mean, what if you still cant make it to the top?
     
    with health you can rebuild the rest, but without it your nothing.
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 19:02:43 (permalink)
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    JCulverwell

    Id prob go as far as to throw a kittern into a bowl of water. That would be as hardcore as I get.

     
    Learn to spell, d1ck.


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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 20:14:45 (permalink)
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    I wouldnt sacrifice anything close to me or my health.
    Id just sacrifice the time, and that is what i needed really, time and effort



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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 20:26:55 (permalink)
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    I'm with m12
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 20:34:23 (permalink)
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    Interesting question.  However, I disagree with the example quoted, Ken.   I would want all those things. I would make all sacrifices neccessary, but I see no need for the 'neccessary' to be that extreme.  Make sense?
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 20:38:19 (permalink)
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    Carbs

    And though she be but little, she is fierce..
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 20:50:58 (permalink)
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    I can understand giving up your health to a small degree, for instance by abusing dangerous drugs, getting training injuries, and so on, but these are all quite minor things compared to what could happen health-wise. If you lose your health in any significant way you're fcuked for doing anything physical, so unless your goal is to be a chess grandmaster I'd try to stay as healthy as possible
     
    Anyway as for the question, right now I'd not give up anything much - ten years ago my answer would have been different
     
     
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/03 21:05:32 (permalink)
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    Tbh is you asked me why I hadn't achieved "being the best" I would list everything that was in the 1st post
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    Re:What would you do to be the best? 2011/04/04 00:37:32 (permalink)
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    James

    Interesting question.  However, I disagree with the example quoted, Ken.   I would want all those things. I would make all sacrifices neccessary, but I see no need for the 'neccessary' to be that extreme.  Make sense?


    Oh of course mate. I am not of the opinion of all these things must be thrown to one side to achieve greatness in any sport, just that there are sometimes sacrifices which have to be made.
     
    Personally, so far I would say I have only sacrificed a social life to reach this point of my strongman career, and I don't regret it. I did and still do go out, and relax with friends, but I have never been into the club scene or that so it wasn't really a sacrifice for me. It was only this Xmas passed that I have started going out a little more, but only very occassionally and if I have some downtime between comps. If there is a big show coming up it's all business.
     
    I have had to play a balancing act with strongman and university, which at some points has been quite difficult; but I'd hope that I have been able to do this without any detriment to either. Also, strongman and the people I have met through the sport was very much a support structure after my father passed away.
     
    Looking at the health point, I am absolutely in no uncertain terms saying that knowingly damaging your health for the sake of a sport is worth it. My opinion is in terms of the things I put my body through to compete and try to achieve my goals in this sport. So far I have been very lucky with injuries, the worst I have had are 1) grade 1/2 tear of the LCL in my left knee and 2) grade 2 tear of the hamstring in my right leg.
     
    To finish off this post I think it is important to touch upon te subject of family and friends. Of course family and friends are important in life, and I have been blessed that all my family support me with my endevours, as do my friends (of the few close friends I have, a high majority of them or from the sport so we can very easily relate to one another). It is my opinion that if a 'friend' cannot support you in your desires in life, then they aren't really a friend at all and sacrificing that friendship really isn't a great loss.
     
    I realise that this reply probably looks like I'm saying "I said I'd sacrifice that, but I wouldn't really", but what I'm trying to say is that I will make some very big sacrifices for this sport, but at the same time I have been very lucky that I haven't had to actually make these sacrifices to get to where I am at just now, and believe that you don't have to make them to become a top level athlete.
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