Going the distance

Invest in yourself if you want best chance for success

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. March 2, 2017

"The best way to predict the future is to create the future," said Peter Drucker, an iconic business advisor. Equally important, the future belongs to the fit, and despite gifts, skills, and talents, if you don't invest in yourself physically, you won't go the distance. Read on.

Once upon a time about a generation ago during the pre-season for hockey, basketball, football, and baseball, a fair number of players would show up overweight and out of shape. No more. The stakes are too high and the competition is too intense.

If one analyzes the iconic current performers in professional sports, almost every one would have after his name an asterisk. Following the asterisk for each player would be a list including an advisor, a coach, a psychologist, and an unconventional trainer whose techniques typically combined traditional physical therapy with complementary alternative integrative therapies, which, in general, had never been evaluated by a peer-reviewed trial.

These individuals often labor in the shadows and aren't part of the official team. It isn't uncommon for a swing coach to fly to a PGA site to correct a swing flaw or a kinesiologist, a masseuse, a strength and conditioning coach or a flexibility wonk to magically appear at courtside or at halftime to shore up the aches and pains of the aging star.

So what does this mean for you? It means a lot. It means you need to invest in yourself. You shouldn't wing it because if your gifts and skills deteriorate, your chance to make the world a little bit better will quickly evaporate.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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March 02, 2017