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"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."

-George Bernard Shaw

"We live at the intersection of our memories and our imaginations."
-Mitch Thrower

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

These quotes have been pulled from a decade of national magazine articles and other publications, including Triathlete Magazine, BizSanDiego Magazine and the Lyons Press book, Attention Deficit Workplace.

"Muscle memory refers to several valuable things. On one hand, it’s like a concert violinist whose years of scales and fretwork create a template that enables him to play with precision and speed required by the greatest scores. On a similar front, your habits of training to swim, bike and run imprint on our muscular-skeletal and nervous systems a template for greater performance we can rely upon, even when returning to training after a prolonged absence."

-Mitch Thrower

"In your next race, chase someone or something - or be chased."

-Mitch Thrower

"And it hit me: sports and athletic accomplishment tie directly into human nature, natural competitiveness, the human instinct to win, to fight a good fight."

-Mitch Thrower

"There is absolutely no difference between a triathlon and a giant game of tag. After all, when the starting gun fires, the guy behind you is It. When he passes you, you’re It. Go catch him."

-Mitch Thrower

"The next time you see the rings, think of the power and energy, inspiration and motivation that the sport of triathlon and the Olympics gives the world— then grab your swimming goggles and go for your own personal, self defined, achievable gold medal."

-Mitch Thrower

"In the broadest sense, Ironman is indeed for those with the Iron will to convert the impossible into the achievable."

-Mitch Thrower

"It's easy to get confused or overwhelmed with all the equipment and preparation for our sport, but never forget that triathlon will always remain a sport that is centered around three very important, spectacular pieces of equipment—your mind, your body, and your soul."

-Mitch Thrower

"We know that we grow through recovery; and if we damage our muscles in training almost every day then they will become stronger. We have learned that we grow our slow-twitch, our fast-twitch and our "soul's-itch" fibers by damaging them."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is a comforting moment when we suddenly realize that our commitment to race, to participate in something so important to us will move from dream to deed."

-Mitch Thrower

"Ironman is a life-changing experience that irrevocably gifts you with intense lessons about yourself and a fitness level that is often unsurpassed."

-Mitch Thrower

"Ironman may follow you like a shadow, but like all kids, you’re destined to find out that your shadow is a mere representative image cast by an object blocking illuminating rays. And that object is you, rebuilt with the adventurous fortitude of the Ironman experience."

-Mitch Thrower

"The sport of triathlon is like a mental compact disc burner for our life experiences. "

-Mitch Thrower

"It’s important to remember that with each training experience, we burn the track of habit, happiness or happenstance even deeper. Triathletes are burning memories and imprints into their minds with every run, every race and every powerful heartbeat."

-Mitch Thrower

"I may be a big supporter of focus, and I may even be a self diagnosed tri-compulsive, but before I die, it’s more likely that i’ll say “I wish I spent more time with the important people in my life, swimming into a sunset and back,” rather than, “I wish I spent more time stressing out about my finish time. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Injuries tell us we need time to renew our bodies. Fatigue tells us we need to renew our soul. The sport of triathlon is a sport of training and recovery- but many people forget this critical second part."

-Mitch Thrower

"As elbows and knees hit you from every side, you realize that, like a map, triathlon has helped you navigate through the challenging moments of your life. When you were once lost, you now know exactly where you are. You’re in Kailua-Kona treading the warm water of the Pacific, smack in the middle of your life and you realize – you’ve arrived."

-Mitch Thrower

"The great thing about being both a spectator and a participant, in your race and your life, is that you never lose your supportive inner voice, no matter how loud it's cheering. "

-Mitch Thrower

"At every moment, gravity rules our lives. But as cyclists and triathletes, we've decided to make it a game and use our lives to rule gravity. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Everyone's best may be different, but the feeling that comes from doing your best and meeting triathlon's challenges is the same."

-Mitch Thrower

"Never underestimate how much the power of physical strength and endurance can lend to your soul and enrich your life. To reinforce this synergy, at least once a year take a sheet of paper and a pen and write down all the things you can do athletically."

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon: see what you can do."

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathletes relentlessly pursue fitness, athletic achievement, personal development and their goals. Indeed, it's essential to make sure that adventure is a part of your life's fitness formula. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Adventurous multisport events are more than a simple meeting point between mud and perspiration—they are a way of life."

-Mitch Thrower

"Adventure is the flavor in your fountain of youth. Seek it relentlessly; use triathlon to surround yourself with adventurous places, people, goals and dreams. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Like life, where a cutoff clock with a different chime looms on some distant horizon, the triathlon gives us perhaps one of the greatest gifts of all — the gift of perspective. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Life and triathlon are inextricably related concepts with a start, a mid-point, an ending and even a cut off. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Every day, we are given 24 hours, complete with a beginning, middle and an end. And the real question is not only how far how fast we can go daily or throughout a life, but in this race, on this day, were you smiling? "

-Mitch Thrower

"It's a remarkable thing, this human body — a time machine moving us second by second into the future while sparing us enough time in the present to look around, set goals and move toward achieving them."

-Mitch Thrower

"What makes Ironman like a perpetually-renewing first love are the surprises, the crazy, unanticipated moments, the unimaginable challenges that the athletes and spectators experience race week."

-Mitch Thrower

"The Ironman is spectacular because it gives us all a reason to clap and cheer as loud as we can for the people we love. And, through its exhilarating challenges to our minds, spirits and hearts— it allows us to stretch the boundaries of our real-world possibilities and take the governors off our imaginations. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon is indeed the volume dial on our lives — make sure it's turned up loud enough to remind you that you are alive and to help you remember those who live on in your hopes, dreams and fondest memories. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Biking will always be a time warp back to childhood, when riding a bike gave us the freedom to move—and roam further. The feeling stays the same, though the price of your bike may have seriously inflated. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon's universal allure stems from the beauty within that worked to achieve the beauty without, and the awe-inspiring human form in motion can achieve breathtaking things. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Our bodies are a constant reminder of how lifestyle directly dictates physical—and mental—self-image. Bodily change with age is inevitable, but as triathletes we learn very quickly that we can dramatically influence how we change, how we look and how we perform. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Our sport is here not just to make you look good but to inspire you to balance your lifestyle and improve your self-image—and thus make life better."

-Mitch Thrower

"Remember that the human machine is a miracle that has allowed us to accomplish everything we have achieved in this world. It's up to you to decide what yours will help you accomplish in your lifetime, and in your triathlon time."

-Mitch Thrower

"I'm still not sure why it's just so hard to get out of bed sometimes. After all, life, and the day that lies ahead, are almost always much more exciting than a bunch of blankets and a pillow. "

-Mitch Thrower

"The psychological and physical benefits of triathlon are cumulative. "

-Mitch Thrower

"We live in world of measurements and boundaries. Countries have borders; people have personal space. Our lives all have a timer, ticking down toward a destination we cannot see. Our language and interaction is filled with comparative measurements."

-Mitch Thrower

"It's the tri-universal law: a life lived fully must include different triathlon destinations. "

-Mitch Thrower

"You cannot hide from this truth that is inside you. This is triathlon, and you picked yourself for this team, this sport and this lifestyle. "

-Mitch Thrower

"You hear the cannon fire and you are now, officially, past the point of no return. For now, your existence has been stripped to the basics: water, food, wind, heat, competition, survival, fear, passion, pain, joy. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon is a contest within our minds and our bodies."

-Mitch Thrower

"We should use this sporting spark we have been given. We need to capitalize on it, embrace it and, most important, pay it back to the important people in our lives. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Train smart. "

-Mitch Thrower

"The lights will be in front of you; the cheer will grow to a roar. The uproar will spread to every cell in your body. Feel something that you can never explain. Finish the ironman."

-Mitch Thrower

"Don’t worry about your finishing times this year. Celebrate what you have accomplished. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Every training day offers us hundreds of choices, and experiences, yet we find ourselves falling prey to the pattern and comfort of “our lane.” Perhaps it’s time for a change. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Each triathlon offers us a new chance to be courageous. It’s a fairly simple concept—courage ultimately lies in the reckless will to finish a race, to meet a goal, come what may. It even manifests itself in the decision to enter a race —because anything could happen. "

-Mitch Thrower

"To those who missed qualifying by seconds, hours or other circumstances, plan your next year well, try another Ironman race first and know that your triathlete soul still bums with an extra spark of desire that will get you to kona one day. Click your heels together, pray, train harder."

-Mitch Thrower

"The Ironman is, for many, more difficult to get into than to finish."

-Mitch Thrower

"The sport of triathlon unifies people through three human activities that so eloquently signify vitality and achievement."

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon harkens back to the original meaning of the word “competition,” which comes from the latin word compete, “to seek together, to coincide.” At your first triathlon this coming season, glance at the “swimmer” you pass on the bike, and coincide (don’t collide)."

-Mitch Thrower

"No matter how much i train, my race success is forged when, several minutes before the start, i find a peaceful acceptance of my mental and physical preparation."

-Mitch Thrower

"Something magical, spiritual and wonderful always happens to me in an Ironman. Sometimes it’s when i dig deep as my biking legs morph into running legs; sometimes it’s when i find in my pace; sometimes it’s during the first mile of the marathon, when i feel a sense of persistence penetrate my foot-by-foot advance across the lava."

-Mitch Thrower

"During the race, i’ll always wander around in my mind, looking through all the back corners, rooting out any issues. I always think about the things i gave up and gained for this moment, for this day."

-Mitch Thrower

"An Ironman lifestyle is a perfect way to swim, bike, run, and even walk with friends while admitting weaknesses, celebrating strengths and sharing the fact that we’re all human."

-Mitch Thrower

"Our sport is designed to keep its participants young, healthy, organized and goal-oriented through a multisport discipline of training, diet and movement. The aging process can change our physiology and motivation. But our sport can change it back."

-Mitch Thrower

"But when you stand at the starting line of your next triathlon, ask yourself: if i were only 9 years old, why would i be standing here in a suit of rubber on the beach at 6:30 a.m? Am i here to finish 10 minutes faster? Or am i here to satisfy that secret part of me that just wants to have fun? "

-Mitch Thrower

“The real continent we all share is our human body.”

-Mitch Thrower

"Burn a memory, build a dream."

-Mitch Thrower

"We have our own lives laid out in front of us with an unknown finish line. We have a roughly drawn map and some clear course headings."

-Mitch Thrower

"The joy of finishing will always be a function of invested effort."

-Mitch Thrower

"People, concepts and intellectual challenges surround us with the impulse to overtake."

-Mitch Thrower

"Make the time to go find you."

-Mitch Thrower

"Friends are the only real medals that you should wear for the rest of your life. "

-Mitch Thrower

"The secret is that we are all still kids, and life is our playground. Life is not a pool with A No Running sign posted—although it may feel like it sometimes. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Our business adventure trips are better with a lower heart rate; adventurous relationships are better when we feel confident; and an adventurous journey to a far-off land is enhanced when we’re healthy. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Don’t ever draw a line in the sand before you take off. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Loss almost always leads to recovery and, in both meanings of the word, dedication. "

-Mitch Thrower

"The concept of indulgence often implies that there is something we want to do, but though we should perhaps not do it, we still find it deeply gratifying. "

-Mitch Thrower

"It's up to us to make the right choices that make us, and the important people in our lives, happy. Life is a menu, what will you be having today?"

-Mitch Thrower

"A small extra effort in our lives can have a remarkable result on our careers, our training and our personal goals, but remember that you are the ruler and the yardstick of your own success and fulfillment. "

-Mitch Thrower

"A small extra effort in our lives can have a remarkable result on our careers, our training and our personal goals, but remember that you are the ruler and the yardstick of your own success and fulfillment. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Only a tenacious few will evade the smudge of history’s eventual eraser. "

-Mitch Thrower

"After all our grown-up meetings, our education, our relationships, parenting and laundry, adventure is what calls us back, while there is still time, to embrace and enjoy a very big world."

-Mitch Thrower

"As we age, eventually it becomes a self-initiated, purposeful drive to hold on to that sense of adventure and discovery."

-Mitch Thrower

"Gambling is something we do everyday with everything we do. Simply getting on the plane, driving your car, riding your bike all are events with an actuarial RISK -- a chance we can lose something big — albeit a small chance. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Study yourself and your life, then decide what you want and pursue it with all your heart and soul. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Living your life with a plane ticket to somewhere else changes everything. It's the take-care-of-everything-important-before-you-leave way to live. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Begin with the end in mind, then work backward from your dream to develop a plan for success."

-Mitch Thrower

"Take the first step anywhere in life with a sense of inevitability and you will gain a sense of destiny rushing toward your goal."

-Mitch Thrower

"The more footprints we notice in the sand, the harder it is to determine which are ours."

-Mitch Thrower

"I have always maintained that the fountain of youth is movement. But to truly enjoy drinking daily from this fountain, you must flavor the movement with adventure and travel."

-Mitch Thrower

"I have always maintained that the fountain of youth is movement. But to truly enjoy drinking daily from this fountain, you must flavor the movement with adventure and travel."

-Mitch Thrower

"Dad would always ask, "Hey Mitch, what are you going to be today?" In doing so, he was teaching me a lesson that every day is a new beginning, a new chance to be whatever we want to be, to do anything we want to do. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Our minds and hearts will always be filled with the memories we've shared with the people we love. "

-Mitch Thrower

"This time around you can be anyone. This time around you can do anything. Think about the things you are free to do, the places you are free to see. "

-Mitch Thrower

"The great thing about mistakes is that we can learn a great deal from them, as long as we're paying attention."

-Mitch Thrower

"The fountain of youth is movement."

-Mitch Thrower

"Only you know when you're leaning on your training wheels in life. Only you can take them off and start to pedal forward, balancing in the uncertainty of what lies ahead. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Only you know when you're leaning on your training wheels in life. Only you can take them off and start to pedal forward, balancing in the uncertainty of what lies ahead. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Just move."

-Mitch Thrower

"That energy that makes us feel like a bottle of shaken champagne can be channeled in many directions, and it's more contagious than a yawn."

-Mitch Thrower

"If the unknown is the most frightening thing, then triathlon, a forum in which anything might happen (and much of it not good), is for the brave."

-Mitch Thrower

"Every race is an uncontrollable sequence of events, which our commensurate mental and physical energy grants us the inner strength to overcome."

-Mitch Thrower

"The will is more powerful than most anything that opposes it. Strong-willed people with goals tend to habitually think about what they hope to achieve. They create an internal fantasy world in which the desired result is touched and seen and cherished over and over again."

-Mitch Thrower

"It may seem like a paradox that the Ironman experience actually strengthens you for the year to come, but those who have crossed the finish line at Kona, or set a goal of finishing a triathlon of any distance, understand otherwise. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Take the time to research and to test—to understand your own personal nutrition. And remember that when your fuel gauge is low and you eat, your chosen fuel will have an immediate and dramatic impact on your engine."

-Mitch Thrower

"Looking up at any point on your run—or in your life—will give you the opportunity to see beyond the immediate and consider just where it is you’re going. In looking only at what is directly in front of you and what’s in your way, you lose sight of the distant goal. If it’s finishing your first triathlon, or your first marathon or Ironman, you should keep your eyes on the prize so you can rise above the moment. "

-Mitch Thrower

"You’ll often find that what is also required is to not stare directly at the rock ahead – because you will run right into it. Instead, look at the path that leads through and around the obtacles. Raising your sights broadens your field of vision, and opens up new opportunities for you. "

-Mitch Thrower

"It’s a fundamental truth of human relations that we become like the people with whom we spend our time. When you train with and learn from someone who is focused, committed and talented, you will absorb these traits. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Eliminate negative people from your daily life. They are rocks you don’t need on your trail… Set your sights on meeting new people that bring out the best in you. "

-Mitch Thrower

"We also have the same basic nerves; heartbeat and adaptive capacity of the human body that mark allen, dave scott and paula newby-fraser all share. Use this knowledge to look up on the horizon not only at where you’re going, but who you’re becoming. Ask yourself what you can do with what you’ve been given physiologically, spiritually and emotionally. How far can you run? "

-Mitch Thrower

"Eliminate negative people from your daily life. They are rocks you don’t need on your trail… Set your sights on meeting new people that bring out the best in you. "

-Mitch Thrower

"As you raise your sights, your ability to see possibilities for yourself will multiply. Put your shoulders back, look up and look forward. Set a goal, point yourself in that direction and remember to raise your sights every day. "

-Mitch Thrower

"We grow, we age, our quads swell with training or atrophy while we sit at our desks, and through it all, experience brings new insights and skills into our athletic lives. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Triathlon is a deeply personal hobby that syncs your physical and mental capacities. It is a habit that is filled with reward and regret, cycles and cycles, commitment and courage. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Lance Armstrong has taught us that a close-up look at the end of life CAN accelerate our passion to live as well as our heart rate. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Keep a mindful eye on your schedule, make sure you are there for the people in your life, and be sure to share with your loved ones the small fragments or entire continents of energy and enthusiasm that you discover on the landscape we call triathlon. "

-Mitch Thrower

"Keep a mindful eye on your schedule, make sure you are there for the people in your life, and be sure to share with your loved ones the small fragments or entire continents of energy and enthusiasm that you discover on the landscape we call triathlon. "

-Mitch Thrower

"If you build every transaction and relationship in business and life with your behavior guided by the concepts of mutual benefit, fairness and truth, the profits will come.."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you cut corners or when you undermine others for the sake of ego or profit, you are only hurting yourself."

-Mitch Thrower

"Success in the workplace is a direct result of integrity."

-Mitch Thrower

"People prefer to interact with those who maintain a strong moral code at all times."

-Mitch Thrower

"Minor white lies permeate our daily lives, especially when we feel the need to protect someone elseís feelings."

-Mitch Thrower

"By tightly guarding your time in the workplace, you are serving yourself and your company."

-Mitch Thrower

"Pay attention to your high-energy personal daily clock."

-Mitch Thrower

"Big, bold goals are almost always achieved in bite-sized chunks."

-Mitch Thrower

"Break impossible goals into smaller achievable steps that you or your team can accomplish."

-Mitch Thrower

"One of the best things you can do when the world is storming around you is to pause."

-Mitch Thrower

"In today ís fast-paced work environment, many around you will try to consume your time and attention, while making sure you know they do not have any time for you."

-Mitch Thrower

"When relating a story at work, think of ways to make what you have to say interesting and compelling."

-Mitch Thrower

"Our daily lives have built-in narrative arcs."

-Mitch Thrower

"Google is free PR. Make it work for you."

-Mitch Thrower

"Take the time to post things online that you want the world to see, and what you want the world to know about you."

-Mitch Thrower

"People will pay particular attention to what other people say about you, even though it often means nothing."

-Mitch Thrower

"Google has the search-engine goods on just about everyone."

-Mitch Thrower

"Google is the new Big Brother."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you need to make a point, try mentally rehearsing what you are going to say."

-Mitch Thrower

"Get to the point in ten seconds."

-Mitch Thrower

"Your best defense is to keep business agreements simple, and make sure they are done right."

-Mitch Thrower

"The lines of decision-making are very often blurry, and people forget what they agreed to, or change their minds."

-Mitch Thrower

"In certain corporate situations, you may find that people too often agree to things that they donít have the authority to implement."

-Mitch Thrower

"Workplace romances will always have a place in our world; we just have to handle them maturely and with honesty."

-Mitch Thrower

"If youíre starting a small business with your spouse, then remember the increased stress from work can easily carry over into your romantic relationship."

-Mitch Thrower

"The workplace may be an optimal place to start a relationship in our attention-deficit corporate environment, but you should be committed to transitioning the romance within several months if it turns really serious."

-Mitch Thrower

"Romance is about building trust, affection, and harmony between two caring people."

-Mitch Thrower

"In romance, you at least hope that you can operate on an equal basis. But at work, someone is almost always above or below the other person and this can add layers of complexity that a relationship simply does not need."

-Mitch Thrower

"Large firms have organization charts and this too often shapes the social hierarchy of a company, and that can unfortunately impact the romantic possibilities within the workplace."

-Mitch Thrower

"Always read all the legal documents that you receive and are in any way related to, or responsible for."

-Mitch Thrower

"Pay very careful attention to your relationship with your lawyer and to the work he or she produces."

-Mitch Thrower

"Track and pay attention to your passwords and online accounts; it will save you time and allow you to navigate your electronic world more effectively."

-Mitch Thrower

"Someone probably came up with the same idea long before the founder ever did, but he happened to be in the right place at the right time."

-Mitch Thrower

"Founders have to be embraced and empowered within the organization, but their strengths have to be strategically channeled."

-Mitch Thrower

"It takes a special type of person who can figure out the daily puzzle of how to make the future unfold profitably."

-Mitch Thrower

"It takes a special type of person to stand in the room and describe how to create things in the future."

-Mitch Thrower

"From a companyís perspective, founders are unique individuals ñ the creators ñ but so too are the managers during different stages of its growth."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is often prudent to release your creativity only when the organization is in a position to be receptive to your ideas."

-Mitch Thrower

"Just because your idea is now generating revenue isnít everlasting proof that you will always be right."

-Mitch Thrower

"Always enter conversations with a Repeat Offender with built-in emergency exits, such as saying beforehand that you need to make an important phone call."

-Mitch Thrower

"The quick and easy way to stop people from repeating themselves in any situation, especially in the workplace is to simply say Youíve told me that story before, and itís an excellent story, and repeat the lesson or point you took from that story the first time you heard it."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is extremely difficult to pay attention to people who are stuck on repeat."

-Mitch Thrower

"Make sure your file backup is in a different location than the original."

-Mitch Thrower

"What you want to have is the right kind of vision that allows you to swing at the pitch only when it really counts."

-Mitch Thrower

"The right kind of focus is a lot like a laser ñ a concentrated beam of light. Shine this light only on areas of your business life that make sense."

-Mitch Thrower

"Enthusiasm about a new business idea is not the same as pursuing it."

-Mitch Thrower

"When others come to you with an unprompted idea or suggestion, stop what you are doing and listen with your eyes, ears, and heart."

-Mitch Thrower

"Not every idea need come affixed with a price tag."

-Mitch Thrower

"You will be surprised at how receptive people can become when you are willing to share with them your expertise, enthusiasm and energy."

-Mitch Thrower

"Being generous with your time and ideas is not an attention drain."

-Mitch Thrower

"We all have the opportunity to change the world around us, one comb at a time."

-Mitch Thrower

"Generosity needs to come back to the workplace in a big way."

-Mitch Thrower

"Understand the control dynamics within your organization and document the generation of your idea or your movie will wind up getting produced without you getting proper credit."

-Mitch Thrower

"Implementers donít care about the origins of ideas or the creative process; they are too busy with their own concerns, while idea people donít often value the necessary financial and business management skills necessary for execution."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you want others to work diligently on a project, then make it their own."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is critical to know when you should give away your ideas and when you should hold them close to the vest."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you have a great idea, sometimes the best way to make it happen within a large corporation is to convince others that it was their idea ñ to get them emotionally invested in the project."

-Mitch Thrower

"Avoid the fog and confusion of hidden agendas by aligning your interests."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you are in alignment with the people around you, you are much more likely to travel in the same direction and avoid hidden agendas."

-Mitch Thrower

"People are wrong to think that they can achieve more by not letting people know what they want, clearly and openly."

-Mitch Thrower

"The work-at-home lifestyle can be incredibly satisfying and an effective way to be closer to your family."

-Mitch Thrower

"Home and work life can blend successfully if you set boundaries and treat the temporal and attention-management balancing act with proper respect."

-Mitch Thrower

"Deadlines give you focus. Greet them as such and then make sure you can meet them."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you capitalize on the power of firm deadlines, you will apply your attention to the necessary and important tasks that are in front of you."

-Mitch Thrower

"Many times, what is lacking in our work lives is what is so prevalent in magazine publishing ñ an unmovable deadline"

-Mitch Thrower

"The foundation of all human relations is common experience."

-Mitch Thrower

"Competitive companies are like balls of mercury rolling around on the ground after you break an old glass thermometer; they look like solid metal balls, rolling around as if they would bounce off each other. But just get them close to each other and they will gravitate to each other and merge seamlessly."

-Mitch Thrower

"Entrepreneurs and management often spend years huddled in their chilly isolated caves, creating market competition drawings on white marker boards hung on the damp rocky walls."

-Mitch Thrower

"Reach out to the competition instead of fighting them."

-Mitch Thrower

"Unlike your genetics, you do have a choice over what foods you eat and their subsequent impact on your well-being."

-Mitch Thrower

"Proper nutrition is key in avoiding erratic spikes in blood-sugar levels."

-Mitch Thrower

"Your workplace cannot guarantee that you eat the right foods, so itís up to you to make sure that you do."

-Mitch Thrower

"An important thing is to have very light snacks in-between meals to keep your blood sugar up."

-Mitch Thrower

"Every organization brands its particular culture and identity with its own distinctive stamp."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you manage your multitasking, you will be much more effective than if you simply hop from project to project without driving them to completion."

-Mitch Thrower

"Spend time to understand your own multitasking capacity, and your projects and goals."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is very important to communicate to the people around you when you are multitasking."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you need to focus on a project, make sure to limit your multitasking."

-Mitch Thrower

"The layers of multitasking can run very deeply in our daily lives."

-Mitch Thrower

"Because people naturally decompress on Fridays, you can develop a relationship with people in your business network a great deal faster if you consistently call and interact with them on this day."

-Mitch Thrower

"Spend the time to go the extra distance with your rÈsumÈ, and in the process of getting your rÈsumÈ to the right person."

-Mitch Thrower

"Working underneath others often means an ongoing contest to win their attention."

-Mitch Thrower

"By taking an active role in managing your manager, you will suddenly find yourself discussing ways to make your communication and interaction more effective."

-Mitch Thrower

"Managing both ways (up and down) is more like a marriage than a job."

-Mitch Thrower

"It ís a solid organization where initiative and accomplishment-oriented communication happens in both directions."

-Mitch Thrower

"A Do-Over is much better than a Game-Over."

-Mitch Thrower

"Take a risk. Be bold. Too often, people are afraid of losing their prestige inside a company by venturing outside it."

-Mitch Thrower

"Manage other people's expectations very carefully. If you can't deliver on all your promises, immediately contact the person who has an expectation of you and level with them."

-Mitch Thrower

"In the Attention-Deficit Workplace, you must be adept at telling people what you are going to do and then actually do what you say."

-Mitch Thrower

"When interacting with others, be aware that people are not only paying attention to your words, but also to how you get along with others."

-Mitch Thrower

"People pay attention to, and prefer to work with, people who get along."

-Mitch Thrower

"In a work environment, conflict shines a negative reflection on you and your pitch."

-Mitch Thrower

"We shouldnít let our emotions stand in the way of resolving differences."

-Mitch Thrower

"Momentary expressions of emotion, no matter how harsh, can be forgiven and forgotten; after the storm the business can get right back on track."

-Mitch Thrower

"Whenever you send or reply to an email, always change or update the subject line."

-Mitch Thrower

"Use the subject field as your instruction manual for emails you send to others in your business or in your life."

-Mitch Thrower

"The easiest way to get a venture capitalist out of his bunker is to ask for help on a project, not ask for money."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you are requesting money from someone, ask for their thoughts on how to make your business successful."

-Mitch Thrower

"What others remember about our behavior is often edited. What we remember about ourselves and others is similarly self-edited."

-Mitch Thrower

"Try thinking of your memory as a digital videotape that has been running in your mind since birth."

-Mitch Thrower

"In any attention-deficit environment, we witness experiences condensed into sound bites."

-Mitch Thrower

"Naked, not veiled, agendas will turbo-boost your productivity and efficiency."

-Mitch Thrower

"History repeats itself, because people donít often change; they just become more entrenched in their ways."

-Mitch Thrower

"Continually adapt your focus and develop a technology toolset to help, not hinder you."

-Mitch Thrower

"Seek out and capitalize on as many time-saving technology advances and techniques as you can."

-Mitch Thrower

"Stay on top of the technology of time management."

-Mitch Thrower

"A little bit of simplicity and a whole lot of creativity can cut right through those attention-deficit barriers."

-Mitch Thrower

"What is required to catch the attention of colleagues or clients is the ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and to the point."

-Mitch Thrower

"Too often, effective ideas get rejected because they have to travel too far in an organization filled with fiefdoms and inevitable roadblocks."

-Mitch Thrower

"Even slight nuances that appear in term sheets tend to address things far out into the future."

-Mitch Thrower

"When landing and negotiating a term sheet, spend the time to understand all of the implications."

-Mitch Thrower

"A term sheet is like a prenuptial agreement and a coachís playbook. Spend the time to understand the plays, and what happens should you ever separate from the business."

-Mitch Thrower

"When people in your way have lost track of time, feel free to remind them."

-Mitch Thrower

"It ís amazing how much smaller a year can seem when you make a calendar larger."

-Mitch Thrower

"One of the great fallacies of time management is that setting clocks ahead of the accurate time encourages people to be early."

-Mitch Thrower

"The best way to be on time is to simply decide to be on time and to acknowledge that travel and meetings always take more time than originally anticipated."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is ultimately the important things in our lives that we will remember, and every now and then it’s a good idea to just start fresh with a new list."

-Mitch Thrower

"In all enterprises, it ís the business model that deserves detailed attention and understanding."

-Mitch Thrower

"In most ventures, no single person can take credit for the enterprise."

-Mitch Thrower

"The perfect business model must have a way to build in its own high-margin products that can be sold while processing reliable renewable revenue streams at any margin."

-Mitch Thrower

"Business models with identified sources of revenue were not always the norm."

-Mitch Thrower

"The third layer of the perfect business model is to have actual revenue."

-Mitch Thrower

"The industry of participatory sports is based on renewing flows of cash changing hands every year, every month, and sometimes even every day."

-Mitch Thrower

"The second layer of the perfect business model is to have renewable revenue sources."

-Mitch Thrower

"The first layer of the perfect business model is to build a business with reliable revenue."

-Mitch Thrower

"A personal assistant can alleviate stress in your life."

-Mitch Thrower

"Getting an assistant is one of the most effective ways to clone yourself."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you work in a corporation, it is critical to include professional and empowering assistants."

-Mitch Thrower

"To capture someoneís attention, you are required to look at the issue from that person ís perspective."

-Mitch Thrower

"It ís much easier to build a relationship of trust with someone when you are sitting on the same side of the table."

-Mitch Thrower

"If youíre wasting your time or your attention, then start investing it wisely."

-Mitch Thrower

"Acknowledge where you are and who you are working with. If youíre not content, rethink your priorities and ambitions."

-Mitch Thrower

"Invest a little time and genuine support with real-world exchanges of information ñ grounded in what truly interests those in your world."

-Mitch Thrower

"One of the greatest human needs is to be heard."

-Mitch Thrower

"In any dimension of business or life, listening and asking the right, relevant questions leads to a clear understanding."

-Mitch Thrower

"When interacting with others within your business environment, be happy, since this will encourage and inspire people to work with you."

-Mitch Thrower

"Children are perhaps the most natural attention barometers, because they will pay close attention to someone who is friendly, and they will often shy away from someone who is friendly, and they will often shy away from someone who is visibly distracted or grumpy."

-Mitch Thrower

"Weíre all sitting together at a global virtual desk, with the capacity to reach out with a few keystrokes, and ask someone for something."

-Mitch Thrower

"Instant messenger is an advanced method for teleconference participants to gang up on one or more parties, to form communication alliances."

-Mitch Thrower

"Invite the people you want to do business with or work with into your home environment and it will improve the quality of your interaction and increase the depth of your relationships."

-Mitch Thrower

"Have a guest room. Make it more comfortable than the Four Seasons."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you are immersed in a living experience with someone, you are destined to develop a more lasting and personal relationship."

-Mitch Thrower

"The absolute best way to develop a relationship with someone that will lead to a powerful connection and meaningful interaction is to wake up with them."

-Mitch Thrower

"Even if itís hard to address everyone with a handwritten note, take the time to correspond on a personal level."

-Mitch Thrower

"A handwritten note stands out among bills, emails, memos and invoices."

-Mitch Thrower

"The retro art of expressing thanks or congratulations or regret with a handwritten note is the sure way to secure another’s attention."

-Mitch Thrower

"In a world where a handwritten letter is an anomaly, attention to different forms of text has changed dramatically in the last decade."

-Mitch Thrower

"There are mental demons we fight and mental angels that we all carry around; itís how we deal with them that will determine if we can finish this thing called the Ironman, this thing called life."

-Mitch Thrower

"The Hawaii Ironman Triathlon is an extreme example of balancing physical exercise with other priorities in your life."

-Mitch Thrower

"The Hawaii Ironman Triathlon is also the ultimate attention-training exercise for well-conditioned athletes."

-Mitch Thrower

"If youíre not too myopically focused on your training and equipment, then the Ironman just may teach you what you honestly value in your life."

-Mitch Thrower

"Becoming an Ironman is like putting an invisible self-confidence charm in your pocket."

-Mitch Thrower

"Respectful humor that supports others will open a new world of opportunities for you."

-Mitch Thrower

"One of the best-kept secrets of a sense of humor is to listen, because everyone has a different idea of whatís funny."

-Mitch Thrower

"An essential ingredient in friendship is humor."

-Mitch Thrower

"When you think about the people you know at work and in your personal life, you almost always remember the ones who are funny, and these are the people you want to be around."

-Mitch Thrower

"The importance of laughter in managing your business relationships is often neglected."

-Mitch Thrower

"The best way to manage these unwanted spam people is to set firm guidelines on your time."

-Mitch Thrower

"In todayís busy world, less communication is definitely more."

-Mitch Thrower

"Make yourself and your words a rare commodity."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you want people to take you seriously, then be yourself, be original, and be brief."

-Mitch Thrower

"Use the internal corporate structure and its hierarchical dynamics to your advantage."

-Mitch Thrower

"In sending an unsolicited proposal to a company, you have to think big, and you have to be bold."

-Mitch Thrower

"Think big, think creatively."

-Mitch Thrower

"We all have our charity cases that we give our time and attention to, but be realistic if someone is burning your time."

-Mitch Thrower

"Be acutely aware of those people who have nothing to say."

-Mitch Thrower

"You have the capacity to do anything and everything in your power to meet whomever you want."

-Mitch Thrower

"Life will always have an element of random encounters. But you need to point yourself in the direction of the people you need to meet."

-Mitch Thrower

"Executives around the world too often ride the roller-coaster of chance in interaction with others."

-Mitch Thrower

"Remember that the people you want to meet are just people and people need to eat, go tot the gym, and speak at conferences."

-Mitch Thrower

"Position yourself at the right place at the right time."

-Mitch Thrower

"With instant messaging and e-mail the game of intentional mistaken identity looms large over both the work and personal landscape."

-Mitch Thrower

"Pay attention to the details of communication."

-Mitch Thrower

"The only prize for having an empty in-box, and for sending responses to everyone who contacted you, is a few minutes of quiet."

-Mitch Thrower

"Mentally define what you are trying to achieve with the people you are interacting with on a daily basis and then develop a routine that allows you to maximize useful contact and minimize unnecessary contact."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you drop everything every time someone tries to reach you, you will find yourself doing more dropping than carrying."

-Mitch Thrower

"For many people, receiving messages still symbolizes hope."

-Mitch Thrower

"E-mail correspondence is the Whack-the-Mole game for attention-starved times."

-Mitch Thrower

"A part of being connected is understanding how to identify and remove the nonessential."

-Mitch Thrower

"Hold onto the handlebars in and around your life and let go of the phone."

-Mitch Thrower

"We can push our connectedness beyond sane and healthy limits."

-Mitch Thrower

"You can toggle between people or projects, but you need to realistically assess what you are toggling between."

-Mitch Thrower

"Togglers have learned to hyperlink life itself and opening and closing experiential windows at eyeball-distracting speed."

-Mitch Thrower

"The most powerful concept we have to grasp is that attention and time are more valuable than any diamond."

-Mitch Thrower

"The quick-tempo nature of todayís work environment requires a never-ending attention juggling act."

-Mitch Thrower

"The real ATM is your Attention Time Machine."

-Mitch Thrower

"Invest your attention with the people who matter most."

-Mitch Thrower

"We are spread too thin in the Attention-Deficit Workplace."

-Mitch Thrower

"Your attention is your ultimate yet limited resource."

-Mitch Thrower

"If you want to know whoís high on your priority list, check your phone records."

-Mitch Thrower

"Someone wasting your time is far worse than someone wasting your money."

-Mitch Thrower

"Our business culture is ruled by short attention spans and time-gulping demands."

-Mitch Thrower

"It is a comforting moment when we suddenly realize that our commitment to race, to participate in something so important to us-our dream-will be actualized. We have made it to the starting line. In this moment, the probability that we will do the event reaches 100 percent. The hundreds of things that can go wrong leading up to an Ironman have been cleverly averted, and the thousands of things required to get to the start are all now officially history."

-Mitch Thrower

"Only a tenacious few will evade the smudge of history's eventual eraser."

-Mitch Thrower

"Life is a shooting star, burn bright."

-Mitch Thrower

"The fountain of youth is movement."

-Mitch Thrower