We had the privilege of hearing Robyn Benincasa speak at the AHRMM conference in San Diego in August. Not only is Robyn a World Champion Adventure Racer, she is also an award-winning motivational speaker, three time Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Project Athena Foundation, which helps other survivors live an adventurous life as part of their recovery. She is a real life Super Woman!
Of all the great messages she delivered at the conference, we share three key takeaways so you, too, can see why winners win:
- Courage. Winners win because they have courage. What is the best way to get through times when you feel fear? Have courage and keep going! Press into that uneasy feeling and push through it. You will come out the other side stronger. This can apply in so many areas of life. Remember that presentation your boss just said you needed to present to the team in an hour? Take heart, you can do it! Just prepare and remember, you know the material better than anyone. You’ve got this! Those nervous butterflies you feel in your stomach are just reminding you that you are about to do something amazing!
- Creativity. Winners win because they are creative. When you combine opportunity and preparation you get luck. For Robyn, this was about luck and creativity to win races in unexpected ways. Robyn talked about another team’s success story. One of the team members was injured, so they needed to find a replacement quickly. Problem was, they were in a remote little village. They began knocking on doors and found a man who had never been on a bike or in a boat. However, he knew the land better than anyone. Although his skill level was limited, he helped the team win the race because he could bring his knowledge of the land to the team! Sometimes it’s about being creative to solve a problem.
- “We” thinking. Winners win with others. Many of us work on teams to accomplish projects or goals. The most successful teams are those who appreciate and leverage each member’s distinct talent and adverse skill set for the betterment of the group. Maybe one member of your team is great at research but is way too shy to speak in front of a group. Another team member may excel at interpreting data and storytelling while another team member is a Power Point magician. Leveraging those uniquely qualified skills will create a better outcome every time. Remember, if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, then go with others.
Throughout Robyn’s talk, there was a consistent theme: Trust yourself. Think outside the box and win together. How will you push yourself today to win?
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