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Robyn Benincasa Quotes

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa quotes: perspective from the endurance expert.

“Much of our endurance and drive to succeed in those tough times when others would quit comes from our connection to something greater than ourselves, the inspiration that comes from mission-driven innovation, the passion we have for our goals and the people whose lives we will touch along the way, the understanding that we are writing our life story during our most difficult challenges.”

“Never let the pursuit of perfection hinder progress. It’s not always going to be pretty or the way you imagined it, but you go forward with a great attitude and do the best you can for as long as you can, with what you’ve got. Don’t be afraid to make a U-turn when necessary.”

“The greater your goal, the less likely it is that you can accomplish it alone. So understanding that building world class teams that allow you to capitalize on your strengths and outsource your weaknesses is the key to getting to the next level in many aspects of your life. Many people will simply readjust their goals so they’re something that can be accomplished alone instead of building a world class team that can help them get to the next level. It makes people realize what they’re truly capable of when they surround themselves with other great people and leave their egos at the start line.”

“Those who are inspired and dive in are more likely to engage and stay committed. These are the volunteer owners of the mission, and your A-team on that initiative. These new mission owners are then invited to come up with a plan to accomplish the mission, and the core team is on its way. Any team that is drafted by managers and assigned to execute on a plan they didn’t help create is already starting from a point of concern and resistance. Avoid it.”

“Commitment doesn’t start at the beginning when the vision or project or initiative launches. Commitment starts when the fun stops. We’ve all experienced the high energy and action at the start, with quickly fading focus as the reality of realizing the goal sets in. As Howard Schultz of Starbucks said: ‘Everyone starts strong. Success comes to those with unwavering commitment to be at the end.'”

“Fear is okay. Fear keeps you on your toes.”

“Be ruled by the hope of success versus the fear of failure. Focus on what it takes to win/succeed versus simply ‘not lose.'”

“Courage starts when the fun stops.”

“See challenges versus roadblocks.”

“When things don’t go the way you plan or hope, quickly recalculate your options and adjust accordingly.”

“If there’s one thing we can all be certain of right now, it’s that change is the only thing that’s going to stay the same. It’s our response to that change that dictates our success. Change really is the only thing that remains the same. Our success is a factor of our response to the challenges in our path.”

“On high performance teams, everyone accepts complete responsibility for the group’s successes and failures. Building a culture of ‘we’ creates the ability to execute toward the results needed as a fully committed team—with dramatic results. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit.”

“People who are inspired by a project will own it. They will have an entrepreneurial drive associated with the goal that can’t be bought with money. And they will wring themselves out to make it happen. A leader’s dream team.”

“The ‘best of the best’ experience times of great challenge and change just like everyone else. But with characteristic courage, luck (opportunity plus preparation), adversity management skills, and a keen ability to create synergy with their colleagues, winners possess the ability to continually motivate and inspire themselves and those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavor.”

“Be the kind of leader that you would follow.”

“A leader inspires their crew to be better, sets solid expectations, consistently builds the team, acts like a great leader even if they don’t feel like one, gives respect as a gift and not a grade, mentors the team, and is always the ‘us’ in the us and them scenario.”

“The best are those that really focus on true leadership, being a great teammate and mentor, versus pulling out their bugles to demand respect.”

“When your whole life or career involves a series of unique challenges to overcome, day in and day out, one person can’t really have all the answers. There are a lot of smart people on the crew with experience in different aspects of life.”

“Create new momentum and ownership of the outcomes by being a leader that asks for input from the team. We embrace that which we help create.”

“Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal and the best tool for the job.”

“A great leader doesn’t need to know how to handle everything; they just need to build and inspire a team that they know can handle anything.”

“It doesn’t take much to encourage creative thinking.”

“If you’re the kind of leader that would go the extra mile to show your team you want to be better for them, I guarantee you’re going to like what you discover in the results, and maybe learn a thing or two that makes you even better.”

“Your ego is the heaviest thing in your backpack! Choose teammates that willingly accept help, ask to help, and ask for help. You will be the strongest link on the team and the weakest link of the team at one point or another. Get over it and don’t let your ego get between you and the finish line!”

“A leader comes forward when their strength and experience is the most use to the team. On the best teams, the leadership revolves constantly.”

“I believe it is in embracing and succeeding in the face of real challenges that we become strong… just as a tree grows stronger roots when it’s exposed to the wind. There are many obvious challenges in the workplace, like attitudes and assumptions about gender, race, age, titles, etc., but honestly I believe that when it comes to leadership, our biggest challenge as women often comes from ourselves and our beliefs about whether we belong among the best and brightest leaders in the organization.”

“Yes we do belong among the best of the best, and yes, we are equipped as women with so many tools that make us amazing leaders. But it’s not about just believing in yourself; it’s about earning that spot, training hard for it, and proving that you belong. I genuinely believe that exceptional women write their own ticket in life.”

“So many doors are open for us when we’re willing to get into the arena and show ourselves and others how strong and amazing and smart and worthy we are. It just takes the courage to turn that handle and the strength of will to push that door open. Extreme challenges know no gender, no race. They only know commitment, teamwork, innovation, perseverance, a consistent focus on what it takes to ‘win’ vs simply ‘not lose’… and they are only overcome together.”

“Winning requires an entirely different mindset than not losing.”

“The biggest, strongest and fastest competitors are not guaranteed a successful finish. It’s the teams that truly understand interdependence, have empathy for one another, share common ideals, manage adversity well, and check their egos at the start line that win these races. In my experience, the same is true in the corporate world.”

“You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.”

“I learned many lessons from my first race with my heroes. I learned it was easier to breathe when I cried, so I cried often and without shame. I learned that a teammate’s faith in you can propel you up any mountain. I learned that winning requires an entirely different mindset than not losing. I learned that the best teams in the world share not only their strengths but also their weaknesses. I learned that you don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.”

“And I learned that when people leave their egos at the starting line in pursuit of a common goal and form a deep and genuine connection to one another along the way—otherwise known as human synergy—they create a beautiful and unstoppable force that can handle whatever the winds, the mountains, the rivers and the jungles throw their way.”

“Nobody gets to the top of the podium alone, nobody truly builds a successful business alone, nobody creates a fulfilling life alone. Winners in any challenging endeavor learn to strategically create world class teams capitalizing on their strengths and bartering their weaknesses for mutual gain.”

“We’ve all got our own mountains to climb in our personal and business lives. And the higher the peak, the steeper the terrain. So our continued success doesn’t come from trying harder, it comes from reaching out to the people around us and creating human synergy.”

“Who we are as teammates and leaders is the difference between success and failure—those skills apply to every important relationship in your life.”

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

“Together we are better than we could ever be alone. I had learned this life principle through competing in and winning the toughest races on earth with my teammates. Now the universe was telling me that it was time to take those human synergy skills and help others regain their confidence and amaze themselves on their journey back from the edge.”

“What inspires me the most is helping others discover how awesome, talented, strong, smart, worthy they are. It’s literally what I do every single day. It really is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

“How you feel is less important than what you do. Feeling scared, nervous, and uncomfortable when you’re rappelling off that symbolic cliff is just a given. It’s the price of admission for an exceptional life!”

Cory Johnson: likes bumping #OnRepeat through the Bang & Olufsen sound system in his naturally aspirated V10; post-workout pumps; big boobs; dumb comedy; and your mom’s potato salad. He hates awkward handshakes. But who cares? Let’s talk about you.