Participation = Growth

When we are younger, we have a tendency to disregard others who are just participating.  We sometimes think that glory should only be given to those who are the fastest or most accomplished.  That is the furthest thing from the truth.  We all are participants.  Everyone has a different story or situation that they are playing out; whether it is in a triathlon race, a job or the classroom of life.  I belonged in that triathlon not because I got out of the swim portion before some of the other participants or because I had a faster time on the bike than four other guys in my age group.  I belonged because I was trying to learn about myself.

Life is all about trying to learn about oneself.  I just chose the sport of triathlon and a race held in Cottage Grove, Oregon in 1987 to do my exploring.  It took me awhile to learn this, but when I did, it opened my world up to wanting to help others learn about themselves and be the best that they can be as well.  There is something very special about breaking personal barriers.  If we hold it in gratitude and with the right attitude, others bear witness that they too can grow and live out their dreams.  When we hold it to ourselves and don’t understand that we are all part of the greater good, then it feels very shallow and empty.

There will always be someone who does something better than you.  Don’t run yourself into the ground trying to be better than that person.  Set your goals and dreams for yourself and the growth that will come with your journey.  All we can do is be better than we used to be.  That is where true happiness comes from.

Copyright G. Brian Benson 2012

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website -

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