Frick Goes the Distance

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Carey Business School Professor and Vice Dean for Education Kevin Frick visited South Africa last May to work on a research project and to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A diehard runner, Frick also managed to fit a workout into his schedule – a 56-mile workout, to be exact. He was one of more than 23,000 runners from 60-plus nations who took part in the annual Comrades ultramarathon between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The Comrades, established 95 years ago, is the oldest ultramarathon in the world. On his return to Baltimore, Frick, a health economist, jotted down some takeaways from his Comrades experience for “Carey the Torch,” the blog of Carey’s Career Development Office. His reflections seem as pertinent to the realm of business as they do to the path trod by long-distance runners:

• “Just because something looks easy does not mean it will be.”

• “Take it seriously when someone tells you something will be challenging. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised if it is not, but you should be prepared for the challenge.”

“If you do not find joy in the process but only
in the goal, then you may be missing out on a lot.”

• “Each person has their own reason for their goals and their own way of reaching them; do not discount any of them.”

• “You need to be efficient when taking steps toward your goal.”

• “A little recognition can sometimes go a long way.”

• “There is nothing wrong with asking for a little help along the way.”

• “Training will affect your ‘second act’ as much as it supports the ‘main event.’ To be successful, you need a second act and not just a one-off success.”

• “You have to figure out the best way to measure progress toward your goal to keep yourself motivated.”

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