Road to the MBA

Lessons learned from the application process.

Last time we chatted – back in January – you learned about my Awesome Bucket 2014 and the big plans I lined up to take down this year.

As excited as I was (and am) about those goals, there was something glaringly absent from that list: my one thing. It’s the most important goal of the year and takes priority over pretty much everything else on the plate.

Last year my one thing was to become an Ironman, and I sacrificed sleeping in, Filibertos, nearly all my free time outside of work and many a happy hour to make that dream a reality. (Read all about that glorious day in my IMAZ race report.)

When you get to the top of a mountain you have two options: head back down satisfied and keep reliving the moment; or quickly celebrate, learn from the experience and start looking for the next peak.

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Awesome Bucket 2014

My list of goals for 2014, broken down into the categories of Creative, Fitness, Travel and Awesome.

“Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” — Walter H. White

As we launch into a new year, change takes the spotlight for many of us.

We reflect on the year that was, look for areas to improve upon and dream about the changes we’d like to make in the future.

I’ve developed into somewhat of an obsessive, merciless, fanatical goal hoarder. As you’d imagine, New Year’s resolution season is an exciting time for yours truly.

Not only am I still riding the high from last year’s Awesome Bucket performance – a dominating 7/9 performance that left 2013’s head spinning – but I’m even more jacked up to keep the Awesome going in 2014.

Brace yourself: the word Awesome is used another nine times in this article.

What’s the point of the Awesome Bucket?

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Awesome Bucket v2013: Results

Analysis of my goals and accomplishments of 2013

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This has been one of the most exciting, educational and beneficial years of my life.

And the main reason I was able to accomplish so much, is because I took the time to write down my Awesome Bucket goals at the beginning of 2013, and committed to following through in the 12 months that followed.

Setting the course early and posting them online not only set me on the right course, but it also helped me stay organized and accountable.

And for the most part, I was able to keep my eyes on the prize throughout the year. In June, I checked in with a mid-year report card, and now I’m following up with a final recap.

Read on to see my goals, the results and how much of my Awesome Bucket v2013 was accomplished this year.

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Ironman Arizona: Conquered!

140.6 miles, 13.5 hours and one of the best days of my life

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“Adam Fuller, you are an Ironman!”

I had been working hard – training, stretching, studying and strategizing – for a year to hear that phrase announced over the loudspeakers at Ironman Arizona on Nov. 17, 2013.

As I plowed through the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run, there were many times when I heard it pop-up in my head to keep me moving and motivated.

But when I turned down the final straightaway chute and sprinted to the finish line, I was in such an ecstatic frenzy to finish strong that I didn’t even hear Mike Reilly – the voice of Ironman – yell out my name as the latest member of the exclusive club.

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Tri for Les: Idiot infected

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My left foot.

In March 2012 it stepped on a rock and suffered a stress fracture. A couple weeks later it trudged through the Lavaman triathlon – which made matters worse.

In February 2013 it collapsed after running over 20 miles in the Ragnar del Sol Relay.

Now, after recovering from those two setbacks, going strong into these last two months before Ironman AZ in November, the problem dog is at it again.

Read about the latest development in the foot fight in my Tri for Les article: Idiot infected.

You’ll see how it was a part of a series of miscues by yours truly, and learn a few good lessons from my bad examples.

While you’re over on Tri for Les, check out another one of my recent posts: Running unplugged: Why I don’t wear headphones when I exercise, and how I still hear the music.

Tri for Les Update: Boulder Ironman 70.3 Race Report

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I’ve been cranking away at my Awesome Bucket quest to become an Ironman.

Even though it’s gobbled up almost all of my nights and weekends, and forced me to plan out nearly every waking hour, I’m enjoying this exercise (immensely).

The goal has driven me to overthink strategically about my training program and nutrition, develop and improve upon healthy habits, and challenge myself both physically and mentally.

Plus, I can see the benefits of all this hard work expanding into other parts of my life, including my writing and my career.

I’ve been diligently posting updates and helpful triathlon tips on TriforLes.com and wanted to pass along a few of my latest stories – most recent of which is my race recap from the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon, a major checkpoint on the IronmanAZ journey.

Here’s a few more of my recent Tri for Les posts:

Wish me luck as the big race gets closer (IronmanAZ – Nov. 17), and thanks for following along.

When a comment goes crazy

Four warning signs of an emotional commenter

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We social media managers throw around the word “engagement” a ton.

So much in fact, that these days it’s lost much of its luster.

Despite its increasing ambiguity, and buzz-ness, I still think it’s the key value for any social media initiative. However, not all engagement is positive.

Negative comments, criticism and crazy people are inevitable. And how you respond to them says a lot about your social media strategy.

We often need to be reminded (or remind others) that you can’t stop the crazy – you can only hope to contain it.

So I jotted down some of the factors that help me spot crazy in social media discussions, and added some ideas to keep all this glorious engagement on the right track.

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Writing inspiration from Neil Strauss, Tim Ferris and the HBR IdeaCast

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“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”
- John Wooden

These days, the vast amount of content and information at the ready on the Internet gives us access to many smart people, from all industries and walks of life.

Personally, I really enjoy listening to quality interviews either on the radio, online or via podcasts. Not only do they usually feature smart people with interesting stories to tell, but the conversation allows multiple viewpoints, debate and an organic flow of ideas.

Today I’m going to share two inspiring interviews with you, and hope you find them as educational and thought-provoking as I did.

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