Sunday, March 25, 2012

if you are going to do something...anything...try to be the best!

About a year ago I came across this YouTube video of some kid on a modified mountain bike. The caption below the link told of how amazing the riding was so I figured I'd give it a looksie. I was mesmorized for the entire 7 minutes. The cinematography, the music and the riding left me in awe. I knew right away that my students needed to see this kid ride. This kid turned out to be Danny MacAskill.

I am always trying to inspire my students to "do their best". I want them to attempt to be great at what ever it is they wish to do with their lives. I want them to look back on their young lives with pride and without regret. This young man, Danny MacAskill, is obviously living in the "now" and giving it his all. His sense of balance, body knowledge, timing and understanding of what is beautiful about a bike stunt comes together as total commitment to the task at hand...riding that bike well.

He pushed this passion for riding into a lucrative career. A career that I'm sure he loves. When the alarm goes off in the morning, he knows he gets to ride a bike all day at work. I'm sure he and his bike will see the four corners of the globe on someone elses dime. He also knows if he starts getting lazy, the money will dry up and he'll have to get some lousy desk job (or worse!).

I guess the most important point is that he took what he loved to do and did his best. If my students try to do this as well, they just might find that there is a career waiting for them down the road. 

!!!! I do explain to my students that some of the things he chooses to ride on might get him in trouble if he does not have permission. ....and that energy drinks can be dangerous....other than that, watch him work!!!!

Take a look...make it full screen and turn it up

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