Ultra Marathoner Dean Karnazes Says That Greatness Is Shaped By Spectacular Failure

Ultra runner Dean Karnazes is a real Spartan by both disposition and bloodline. He’s run marathons in every state and is now setting out to do the same in every country. 

In this video, Karnazes talks to Joe De Sena of Spartan UP! podcast about the influence his heritage has had on his life and that the discipline involved in taking on an endurance challenge is all in the baby steps, delayed gratification and pushing yourself repeatedly to the point of failure -- and learning from that failure.

"You don't all of the sudden take on the world, you take minor, minor little steps," he says. "If you want to achieve a goal, there's no easy way to do it, there's no path of least resistance. You've got to pay your dues, you've got to commit and you've got to sacrifice."

Other takeaways include: 

  • Never stop exploring. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and eventually you’ll discover your passion/s.

  • Fail boldly. The most useful lessons are learned from the most dramatic failures.

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