Back in January of 1996 two students at Stanford University began a research project that would evolve into one of the greatest gifts ever given to the planet. It was the development of a search engine that would provide information to determine a website’s relevance. The project evolved into a company as Google was introduced to the business world.
The name originated from the word ’googol’ which is defined as the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. In other words, lots of information. Their mission statement was ‘To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful’. This could be considered an intention to help the planet by having something so complex be easily available for people.
Google has evolved from being a company name and a statement of intention to become an expression. It is now the action of initiating search. No longer is the direction given to “Go use that Google program to do a search”. Instead it is simply “Go Google it”.
Back in February of 1978 fifteen athletes in Hawaii began a quest that would become one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. It began with an informal challenge of breaking the barriers of athletic endeavors and would evolve into being a pinnacle of the sporting world.
The quest began on the shoreline of the island of Oahu with a grueling 2.4 mile swim in the waters of the Pacific Ocean followed by a bike ride of 112 miles around the island culminating with a 26.2 marathon run. The story is told that it was agreed that whoever finished first would be called the Ironman. The next year the personal challenge became a scheduled race and the Ironman triathlon was born.
The Hawaii Ironman, referred to as IM Kona, is the day of reckoning for those who have trained with intense discipline and have cultivated mindfulness to develop the mental edge for peak performance. This mental edge is about becoming more aware of what is happening in the outside surroundings while being more attuned to themselves within. This provides clarity to what is happening in their thinking, maintaining a calm presence of mind along with the utmost desire to keep going and never give up. It is defined as becoming an Ironman when you cross the finish line to be acknowledged by the voice of Mike Reilly saying, “You-are-an Ironman!”.
Ironman is now an entity, a living, breathing representation of dedication, courage and responsibility. It is the willingness to volunteer support of others without fanfare or expectation of reward. It is about helping those who are facing challenges and difficulties with the conviction that anything is possible in every IM race.
Now, in addition to saying “Let’s Google it”, the same can be said for Ironman. ‘Let’s be Ironman’. I like what that means. I’m up for that, yes I am. It is now your responsibility to live this credo every moment of every day for the rest of your life. So go forward and be ‘IM that” or is it I am that? You decide.