Podcast 50: Mary Knott, Endurance Athlete on What it Takes to Find Kona

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“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success.  Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu

At the age of six, Mary told her family that she was going to be a veterinarian and from that moment on she kept her focus on this goal. She continually shaped her mindset in support of her ambition and consistently took the next logical step to make it her reality. At the age of 19, she was accepted into veterinarian school and well, the rest is history.

Mary’s ability to focus on a goal for a long period of time had been exposed to those around her and fully unleashed within her as she entered into adulthood. Her clarity around goal setting at such a young age tells us that Mary was born with a naturally strong will and this is what is required for all dream realization, goal achievement, and journeys into the unknown. It is the part of us that allows for one pointed fixation that grants us the clarity to take action that is in alignment with our objective. Will is powerful but when paired with patience it leads to a journey of flow and a path of purpose. Patience is the piece that gives us the vision to learn from our experiences along the way, to grow in the rough spots and no matter what happens between point A and point B, patience will always hold our dreams close to the heart.

In October of 2013, Mary announced another life goal but this time it wasn’t just to her family, it was to the world. She boldly lifted the veil of her online persona, Runner Chick to introduce the deep vulnerability of Finding Kona. In a matter of a few words, Mary paralleled herself with the best of the best in the sport of triathlon and officially embarked on her quest to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

This is a conversation about perseverance and it’s about not backing off a dream no matter how far off it appears. It’s about remaining committed and relentlessly patient so that the perfect series of events may unfold. And it’s about embracing the understanding that if we really want to a attain a goal in life we must remain 100% focused on pursuing its realization. There are many things to tempt us in life and pull us out of focus, especially if we are seekers, a title that pertains to pretty much everyone reading this blog and listening to this podcast, but this is where our will comes into play. It is our ability to focus intensely with an intention that drives forward our momentum to reaching what we dream of in this life.

Mary’s story is nothing less than inspiring, she leaves no room for excuses and lays all her cards on the table. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed sitting down with one of the best of the best in triathlon.


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Episode 50 Show Notes:

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  1. […] addition to volunteering, I also happened to listen to a podcast interview with one my former Team-HPB teammates, Mary Knott, on the drive to New York, and I think both of […]

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