The following is a brief profile of one of the interviewees in the upcoming book, Dream It, Live It, Love It. The full intreview and insights gained by the author will be shared in the book to be published at a future date. To see future interviewee profiles via email and to stay updated on the status of the book, use the widget at the bottom right of this page to subscribe.
Don Sherrill is a 65 year old power lifter who lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Don, who is a retired environmental consultant, was sort of a skinny kid growing up, and didn’t like the main sports of baseball, basketball, and football. He did like gymnastics, although his school did not have competitive gymnastics, yet he enjoyed the tumbling shows his team put on at the half-time of basketball games. Don also enjoyed water skiing, and did some running in his 30’s and 40’s when it was a cool thing to do. When he was 64, Don decided to start working out to get back in shape and to help control some health issues that were creeping up on him. He joined a gym around the corner from his house, and in a short period of time, found that he was bench pressing some pretty heavy weights. He went on-line and saw that what he was lifting was competitive for his age group. He decided to see what he could do in a “raw” competition, where the lifter lifts the bar purely under his own power. He entered a meet and benched 255 pounds, which was the meet record. Don continues to train, and now has the goal of bench pressing 315 pounds, which he hopes to equal or surpass in one of his upcoming meets.
I just completed my 45th interview and I’m very excited by all the lessons that are emerging from the collective wisdom of the athletes I’ve interviewed. One of the questions of late that has arisen is why people love their sport or activity. The following are some reasons I’ve distilled from a poll I did of athletes I’ve interviewed.
Feeling of freedon
Feeling of lightness
Feelin the rythm
Feeling of accomplishment
Sensation of movement
I hope to dig deeper and understand why people love what they do, in order to help people find something they love to do. I’d love to hear your comments and insights.