What can we learn from Cliff Young?

In 1983, Cliff Young started a 543 mile running race across Australia from Sydney to Melbourne.

It is one of the most grueling ultra marathons in the world.

He had never ran a race that far. He had never raced.

He was 61 years young competing against 20 and 30 year old athletes.

He was a sheep farmer and wore galoshes and overalls.

He had no formal training or gear sponsors. No running shoes. Seriously.

Cliff’s only training had been working in the fields and chasing sheep across the mountains all day.

He simply stated “I believe I can run this race.”

He won the competition and shattered the old record.

What can we learn from Cliff Young?


Without some level of self confidence you will melt on the starting line – or not even show up.

Build yourself up in your minds eye and see yourself starting and finishing the race with a smile on your face.

You don’t need fancy smancy gear – you just got to keep going and not give up.

Don’t listen to the naysayers.

Don’t worry about what others are doing – run your own race.

Have a short memory.. or no memory at all.

What is Cliff’s secret? Just keep going. Don’t quit.

If you think you can’t.. your probably right.

Find a Way to Win. Think in your mind you can win.

Chances are now highly in your favor that You Will!

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bradBrad McLeod knows first hand about mental toughness after being kicked out of Navy SEAL training.

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