Getting to the start

After the team's para-motor world record several years ago, my wife wrote a book titled Getting To The Start.

The book was originally going to be called Getting To The Finish in relation to an attempt in the famous Dakar Rally.

The team that wanted me to drive subsequently pulled out, so we pivoted with a new adventure. 

History repeats itself as we are firing up the Canadian rally team this year. 

Try as hard as we might, it is still never easy to get to the start line.

Initially, the U.S. vehicle we purchased has a race logbook, a record of its verifications in terms of ability to use as a race car. It should have been enough to enter our first planned event in May this year, the Rocky Mountain Rally in Invermere.

Just a few weeks before the event, we found out that subsequent rule changes had impacted our ability to enter the event.

Next was to replace the cage to satisfy the technical scrutineers. I ordered one from the U.K. The company promised it would be here in August and after checking with them in early August admitted they could not make it until the end of September. 

I quickly cancelled the order and called a new company and placed an order. They promptly advised that they could not deliver the product I ordered on their website. I selected another and they responded the same.

After changing their website, finally, for twice the price, they agreed to send a cage to me for a local welder to install - yipppeee, we are on our way. 

Now, today, the shipment has not arrived. We are running out of time again and guaranteed, the quest to get to the start line will be more difficult than the quest to get to the finish line. 

This story is precisely why, when you stick your hand up and say you are going to do something that very few people do, you have already separated yourself from the crowd.

It is precisely what very few people stand on the summit of Everest, start their own business or 
You will find out why few people venture on to the less trodden ground you are walking on and you will find out the meaning of true grit. 

What happens to you along the way does not determine your ultimate success, it is how you react to what happens.

Getting to the start is almost always the most challenging part of the journey in life, business or adventure, don’t despair. 


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

His column focuses on ways we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships, or health, Mark has a well-rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

His influences come from the various travels he undertakes as an adventurer, philanthropist and keynote speaker. More information can be found on Mark at his website www.markjenningsbates.com

He is a Venture Partner with www.DutchOracle.com a global Alternative Investment company.

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