Well that once in a lifetime journey is now complete, we raised over $10’000 personally and over $300’000 collectively for the Charity and I would like to share our incredible journey with you.
So here we are, back at home with ‘hearts and heads’ full of memories and learnings from our experience. We learned that ‘Smooth Ass Silk’ Butt Cream is essential, that it is possible to drink 10 litres of water a day and that I can literally eat like a horse, that we need to pay attention to Motor Bikes Up, Truck and Cars Back, Bumps, Potholes, Dogs and even Cows! But everyone who shared these 5 days on the bike taking in the hills, headwinds and heat (127km on some days in 43 degrees), and building a cement driveway on a rubber plantation on Day 6 would agree that we learned so much more than that. See our Photo Journey
“If you climb a mountain alone, then it’s not a very big mountain”
We learned that when you work as one with the support of amazing people, you can achieve massive outcomes and truly contribute value and make a difference. We learned that when everyone combines their focus and contributes, the results follow. Watch here
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For me personally I also learned that Business and Biking have a lot in common.
Here are the 11 Cs that I took out of this life-changing journey:
1. Commitment – Even if you have no idea how you’re going to do it, the decision to do something is the 1 most important step
2. Confirmation – Knowing when what you are doing feels right
3. Common Goals – How they can yield amazing results combined with teamwork and commitment
4. Comfort Zones – The importance of stretching boundaries, and exceeding personal expectations (whether on the tarmac, raising funds or marketing your business)
5. Challenges – That they are a part of every life and business and meeting them face on and overcoming them is part of the growing process
6. Collaboration – The power of collaboration opens many doors and that working with people that share the same values is imperative and produces amazing results
7. Creativity – The need to find clever ways to raise more funds and raise awareness amongst friends and colleagues is similar to finding creative ways to market your business and sell your product or service
8. Communication – The importance of adding value by telling a story and communicating your message or cause to inspire others and make a difference
9. Compassion – By being considerate you help build opportunities and help others to succeed – and that people don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care
10. Contribution – By truly understanding how you can help others through ‘shared experiences’ – you learn and generate value and everyone wins
11. Celebration – Last but not least, never forget to Celebrate your achievements both personally and professionally!
On the topic of caring and contribution I was privileged to meet the founder of Hands Across the Water Peter Baines and attend his recent book launch for his Doing Good by Doing Good book and listened to his powerful message about Corporate Social Responsibility CSR. If you’re interested in this topic you can find out more here.
“The best marketing strategy is caring”
Nathan Chang (Founder of Foundr Magazine)
Essentially any business should always have a focus on adding value. That’s what this ride was about – 46 Business Blueprint riders, entrepreneurs from all over Australia and New Zealand, sharing an experience, making a difference and working as one.
We met as a group of business owners, in the week we rode as friends and arrived at the destination as a family. This was truly an experience of a lifetime and I look forward to putting all these lessons learned into practice.
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