Here’s food for thought… Setbacks are really opportunities dressed up like disappointments.
Last week, while on a routine track workout at Los Gatos High School, a flash of hot pain in my right knee stopped me dead in my tracks. After 40 years as an athlete, I instantly knew what the MRI and my doctor would soon confirm- I had torn my meniscus and would need surgery.
Goodbye Rock-n-Roll half marathon, which I have trained for these past four months. Goodbye Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, a race my wife Leslee and I founded which I still direct through our Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.
Decision time: I could feel sorry for myself or I can look for an opportunity around this obstacle. Attitude is everything.
First, running and biking are now on-hold, so I will focus on becoming a better swimmer.
Second, time spent training can become more time invested in my children Jessica and Siena.
Third, I may not run our Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, but I can root for the 25,000 participants we expect to join us.
When a door is closed to us, it is time to check the windows. Another opportunity may be right there in front of us.