Live Beyond Yourself
“I profoundly feel that the art of living is the art of giving. You’re fulfilled in the moment of giving, of doing something beyond yourself.” – Laurance Rockefeller
To become an IRONMAN, you must be somewhat self-absorbed and self-centered. Training requires great time-management skills. The typical personality of an IRONMAN is driven and goal-oriented in all aspects of life.
As IRONMAN Champion Chrissie Wellington said, “We do a selfish sport; sometimes we need to do something selfless.”
Self-less for me was racing for a bigger cause. After going pubic with my cancer diagnosis, my “purpose” suddenly mushroomed into something bigger than me. I was competing for more than Tom’s self-satisfaction, I was racing for a Cause and had become a beacon of hope and inspiration for cancer patients around the world.
After surviving cancer and racing for a Cause, my focus and motivation changed.
Since the IRONMAN World Championship in 2016, I have continued in my contribution to fighting prostate cancer. This feeling of making a contribution to society has taken me to a different level of life. It is so great to be able to give back to help others who are facing what I faced.
How can you live a life of significance beyond yourself? A few that come to mind are Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. I’m sure many more come to mind for you.
Advocating on The Hill with Congressman Roger Williams
I’ve made it my life’s mission to share my story about the disease and stress the importance of screening and early detection – for any cancer. I want to eliminate this disease, and help improve the quality of life of those who are currently living with cancer.
What keeps people healthy and happy into their 80s or 90s? A common theme is that they are living for a bigger purpose, living beyond themselves. They have a vision and mission for why they are on the planet. The value you give to others gives great value to your own life as well. When you raise up other people, and all of life for that matter, you cannot help but raise yourself up too. The unexpected and challenges in life’s journey are what make you stronger and often prepare you to carry out your mission on the planet.
The best life you can experience is a life that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. Jackie Robinson succinctly said, “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
About the blogger @TomHulsey
After Tom beat cancer and achieved his post-surgery goals, he turned his focus to education and advocacy. He is a Board Member at ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer, volunteers at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center, and a Reviewer for the DoD’s (Department of Defense) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. He is the author of the soon-to-be released book, THE WINNING MINDSET THAT SAVED MY LIFE. Net proceeds from book sales will be donated to cancer research.