88: Nils Wins A Tour de France Stage – Strengths and “Ride Lots”

Mental Models, Strengths, and The Tour de France

Somehow in this episode I manage to make a souffle from the 2021 Tour de France, the winner of Stage 12 Nils Politt, Mark Cavendish winning his 34th TdF stage, tying Eddie Merckx’ record, and Eddie Merckx’ famous maxim for getting fast – “Ride lots!”

Eddie Merckx was unquestionably the great bike racer of all time. There will not be another rider who can dominate the sport the way he did.

Strengths and talents are critical

Merckx was born with natural talent, of course. He could have beaten anyone reading these show notes in any kind of bicycle race at age 8. And yet, despite all that natural talent, he was famous for his workout regime, like many of world’s best athletes (Steph Curry, Lebron James, etc.).

They had inborn talent that was (luckily) noticed and groomed.

And then they worked and worked and worked and worked to perfect it to the point that they could beat all the others who happened to have that talent as well.

And we, no matter what our strengths and talents, can take a lesson from that. “Ride lots” is still a great maxim – it’s just that “Ride” has different meanings depending on your strength or talent. It might be writing a lot, or drawing a lot, or coding a lot.


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