runner’s psychePosted: 2006/07/15
i stepped onto the treadmill, pushed the quick start button, and turned the pace to 2. i briefly gazed at the baseball recaps on espn2 in front of me and decided to plug my ear phones into my mp3 player instead of the flat screen’s earphone jack. cranked the volume to foo fighter’s d.o.a. while i held onto the sensors. heart rate read 92 and rising. i preferred listening to upbeat music on my warmups while watching captioned sports recaps. it was past 1pm, low 90s outside, 70s inside. started pushing my weight down against the life fitness machine to stretch my legs. i didn’t think i was going to break a sweat within the next 10 minutes with the ac turned on. was searching for another way to approach my 45-minute run to eliminate dreadmill boredom on this friday afternoon.
five minutes have passed. i turned the speed up to 5 and changed the music to breakbeat. did the similar ritual on my early morning runs: auto-suggestion and affirmations. if i didn’t get distracted by other thoughts, it usually took me a couple minutes to focus on what i was internalizing. breakbeat’s syncopation made it possible. the tracks’ non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern were designed in a way that one could program the mind seamlessly (and maybe subliminally). add to that the absence of vocals which made it easier for one to produce thoughts and words at will. did the routine for five minutes.
ten minutes on the lcd screen. changed the pace up a notch and the music to drum and bass. most of dieselboy’s basslines were designed so my steps could be on the right timing with the drumbeat at a 6:00 pace. i had 5 minutes to review the priority tasks for the day. called the lady from new york to confirm if someone could take a look at her multi-family. left a message for a virginia investor who wanted to partner up with upcoming commercial deals, asked an investor whether he saw trump’s season 3 apprentice winner speaking at the investor meeting this past weekend, followed-up with a divorcee whether she agreed with the cash offer on her single-family, talked to a pennsylvania broker/investor who wanted to invest over a couple hundred grand on nearby rehabs… and more yadda yadda’s into my head.
20 minutes have passed so i increased the pace to 7:00. long-term goals on the agenda. i would be running seven miles per hour for the next twenty minutes so i’d better come up with something long and spontaneous. this was when my mind started ‘free-styling’ with other somewhat-related thoughts. a partner whom i worked with on a new jersey commercial project was looking for businesses to acquire and some land to develop. would be following buffet’s guidelines on breaking down a business’ return on equity, profit and loss analysis, debt to income ratio, cash flow analysis, and other ways of looking at businesses in a different perspective and acquiring them in creative ways.
i was looking into buying gas stations and storage facilities; though the latter required less maintenance. one early morning, i asked a gas station attendant somewhere around the dc metro area about the business owner’s whereabouts. she said he lived out-of-state, in arizona specifically, and only visited the station once in every three months. the business owner had six of these revenue-producing gas stations nationwide, providing him with generous casflow every month. i have been asking several business owners these past few weeks to get some ideas; but out of all types of businesses, this gas station owner was using a combination of the power of leverage with the pareto principle – a positive cashflow business sitting on income-producing real estate.
40 minutes have passed. i increased the speed to 10. the 80/20 rule still kept floating inside my head – eighty percent of this world’s wealth controlled by twenty percent of the entire world’s population, 80 percent of the results that we made were produced by 20 percent of the work that we did, 80 percent of our business sales and revenue came from 20 percent of our entire client base. thus, each business needs to focus more on 20 percent of their clients who produce 80 percent of the bottomline.
people learn that when they have to occupy their places in the sun, they have to expect some blisters – ziglar