Monday, September 17, 2007

You choose your attitude

Recently I injured my ankle. It's 9:30 PM here in Seattle. I sprained it yesterday (Sunday) while playing soccer. Upon the recommendation of my dad, I went to see a local physiotherapist. I found out that I ruptured my anterior talofibular ligament. Sounds bad doesn't it? Well...

The bad: it's permanent damage. My right ankle is more prone to injury.
The good: no fracture. And foot can be trained to develop better proprioception (basically with that ligament gone, my foot will have a harder time getting by with the smaller connections between my talus and fibula bones).

My choice: I still plan to train for a marathon. I'm going to do the exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist. I'm going to pace myself and slowly work my way up. But no way am I going to lower my intensity! Right after work, I went to the YMCA and went for a swim. I tied up my legs so I wouldn't kick and injure my legs, and swam 1 km (40 laps for a 25 m length pool).

Intensity. Persistence. Determination.

Resilience.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Excerpts from "Joy at Work"

Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit."

The traits of good leaders - humility, courage, love, passion, and integrity - are essential to the roles they play in the workplace.