On Aug. 21st, FWH Community Member @thejulianserrano embarked on The Leadville Trail 100… A 100-mile ultramarathon that will take him through rough terrains, dirt roads, and the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Why would he do this? In Julian's own words: “Nothing great comes from being comfortable. I’ll always choose hard as that will make me the best version of myself. This race will test my passion and grit on every level, so I will be ready for anything life will throw at me.”
Julian recounts his experience below and how it took an unexpected turn toward chaos.
The day started with excitement, energy, nerves, anxiety, and so much promise. I felt a heavy load on my shoulders of doing what I came to do… compete. When the gun sounded at the start of the 6th St. and Harrison in the quiet, cold, and beautiful city of Leadville, I ran into the darkness with the elite.
Through the streets, we made our way to a dirt road that led us to the single-track trail that wrapped through the turquoise lake. As I made my way through the forest I felt a change in energy, something just wasn’t right and I could feel it. As I swiftly moved through the technical trail I came down an embankment and rolled my foot on a rock. The unexpected. The battle arrived on my front doorstep 7 miles into the Leadville 100. Something I was not ready mentally to happen for a while.
I continued through the next 16 miles with my crew waiting for me at the outward bound aid station. During this time I shut down mentally and I physically pushed forward slowly. The fact that I had zero chance of competing utterly destroyed me. As I sulked and slowly moved through the power line I got outward bound with little spirit and little hope. Through the cow pasture, I began to realize this was the end of the road for Julian on this beautiful day. I found myself being passed by people and began to question if I had any business toeing the line. As I got to mile 26 I found this day coming to an end very soon. I sat down and my crew said you’re still in the fight, just make it to the next aid station. With a slow change in mindset, I went from wanting to compete, to simply making the cutoff time at the next aid station called half pipe. I hobbled out of the pipeline telling myself just keep moving. I made It to halfpipe with 2 min to spare.
At that moment I had a shift in energy. I thought to myself what if I can make it to twin lakes. I shifted my mindset to just endure. Endure the pain, and endure this moment because you are here for a reason. As I continued on I passed a water aid station and the gentleman said if keep the pace I should make twin lakes. I left that aid station and gave it my all but that wasn’t enough and I didn’t make the cut-off by 5 min.
Chaos can come at any time in life. Will you be ready? I wasn’t. And it took me entirely way too long to shift my mindset to just endure the reality of injury and continue to the best of my ability. As I continue to reflect, I have come to the realization that on August 21, I didn’t come to Leadville to finish 100 miles, I came to be humbled. I needed to learn a lesson that was more important than crossing 100 miles across the Rocky Mountains. I am a human just like everyone else and although I have different morals, values, and dreams… I am no different or special in any way.
Through this, I realized failure is good for the soul and mind. I am human and I am not perfect. I am on a mission to be the best husband, son, brother, friend, and human. I am grateful for what occurred in the city of Leadville. Adversity tells a lot about a man's character, but what matters is not the adversity that the man faces but how he reacts after the fact.
We're happy to report that Julian is back on his feet and ready for his next challenge. We're honored that he chose to fly the FWH flag during his race and we're eager to see how he leverages the strength gained from Leadville in his next pursuit.
Yours in hard work,
Take a hard look at your actions today…
You may be in motion… but are you just going through the motions?
Just checking boxes?
Just keeping busy?
Are you waking up early, but then death scrolling on social media instead of working on your critical tasks?
Are you training daily, but not pushing yourself past your comfort zone?
Are you working 12 hours per day, but a clear understanding as to why and what you’re trading your time for?
Action is important, but attacking is imperative.
Your attack should consist of three critical components:
- A clear vision (your why)
- Laser-focused intent (choosing to engaging in only those activities that supports your vision)
- Action taken with an extreme sense or urgency (“someday” isn’t a day of the week and tomorrow isn’t promised — you need to start moving NOW)
Living the Few Will Hunt Lifestyle requires a strong daily attack plan. Use our Daily Attack Plan or another great tool out there, but whatever you do…
Don’t just act. Attack.
Yours in hard work,
I've embarked on a lot of new journeys in my life.
Recently, I've taken the first step of my next epic journey:
Committing myself to building the Few Will Hunt community full-time
If you know me, you know I'm far from risk adverse, but this is the biggest risk I've taken in my life so far.
It's not just the "career change" (my background is in tech) that makes it risky —it's a huge financial risk for my family. I practice what I preach and I foreshadowed this journey when I sketched our Risk Tee:
If we risk nothing, we risk everything.
I knew this day would come. This is my only path forward. It is necessary so that my team and I can continue to restore the dignity of hard work and leave our lasting impression on this world.
After I made this leap — yes after, not before, I'm a dive-right-in type of guy — I started to reflect on how I've succeeded in many of my life's journeys.
I realized that I have done three things, without compromise, during each of my life's journeys.
These three things didn't just help me achieve my goals. They did something much more important. They helped me break through the brick walls of my comfort zones.
When we talk about achievement and comfort zones, we often leave out a critical detail. With each achievement (big or small), a new comfort zone is constructed in our mind.
"I did it. I'm one step closer. The next step won't be as hard now."
Sound familiar? Well, it's not true.
It only gets harder, but we do get stronger... if we do these three things.
Step 1: Embrace the Uncertainty
You won't have all the answers and you'll never be fully prepared. You won't be able to see around all of the corners. You won't even have everybody in your corner. You'll need to support yourself while you take the corners hard and fast.
In short, know that there will be more uncertainty than certainty on your journey. You need to be 1,000% (yes, that's not a typo) comfortable with this fact.
Step 2: Act with Urgency
Here's where it gets harder. You don't have all the answers and you don't have a fully-baked plan, but you need to work, and fast. Fast like your life depends on it.
This means ruthlessly cutting out all distractions. No TV, no social media, no wasting energy, no wasting time — 1,000% (here's that percentage again) focus on the tasks that will advance you along the journey.
Step 3: Repeat
I know what you're saying. "Really? Repeat is a step? That doesn't make sense." Trust me, it does and it's the hardest, most important step. Consistency is the secret to achievement, no matter the journey.
Lack of consistency is what creates failure (not the good kind), regret, and unhappiness. Repeat steps 1 and 2 at all costs to break down the walls of your comfort zones and continue your journey of achievement.
There's no better time than now to put these steps into practice. If you're doubting yourself or you're looking for a tribe to inspire you, join our Few Will Hunt community on Instagram.
We're becoming the largest community of hard workers worldwide for a reason. We'll stoke your fire and help you put one foot in front of the other on your journey.
Yours in hard work,
As you'd expect, we're working hard at Few Will Hunt HQ to bring new and exciting programs to our community.
Today, we're stoked to announce our biggest program yet.
The Few United
The Few United program challenges you to be better — and rewards you for it.
In this program, you can participate in challenging activities with our community members worldwide.
These activities, known as missions, keep you moving, learning, and growing. Missions range from waking up 15 minutes earlier to reading a book to hitting a PR.
Weekly missions for The Few United are posted on the Brandbassador app. For each completed mission, you'll not only better yourself, but you'll be rewarded with Few Will Hunt gift cards, gear, and giveaways. You can also create a personal Few Will Hunt discount code to share with friends and family. You'll receive a cash commission each time this code is used at fewwillhunt.com.
Click here to join The Few United today. Don't sleep — space is limited while we work to scale this program.
P.S. Are you new to Brandbassador app? All good! Click here to check out their great guide to the platform.
The official UFC Instagram said it best:
"Business as usual!"
True to his form, Sean Brady dominated and submitted veteran Jake Matthews in the third round of their welterweight bout at UFC 259 in Las Vegas. Controlling the pace and outcome of the showdown from start to finish, Sean demonstrated the power that results from his consistent hard work and unrelenting dedication.
Please join us in congratulating Sean on his dominating victory!
Sean Brady continues to fuel the hype train. The unbeaten prospect picked up another dominant win, this time submitting veteran Jake Matthews in the third round of their welterweight showdown at UFC 259 in Las Vegas. Brady (14-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) tapped Matthews with an arm-triangle choke at the 3:28 mark of Round 3. Brady dominated Matthews from start to finish, controlling and putting the Australian in compromising positions on the ground. The impressive win picked up the attention of many on social media. The 28-year-old remains unbeaten and one of the hottest prospects at 170 pounds. Brady is a former CFFC champion.
3 UFC fights and 3 KO/TKO wins! Congratulations to our very own Chris Daukaus for yet another explosive first-round victory at UFC Vegas 19.
As per normal, Daukaus wasted no time and executed his attack plan against top 10 ranked opponent in Aleksei Oleinik. Daukaus finished his opponent at 1:55 in the first round after blitzing him with punches against the cage.
Join us in congratulating Chris on his victory and celebrating his hard work. Follow his exciting journey up the UFC's heavyweight ladder on his Instagram. Also, be sure to check out Chris' team on Instagram at Martinez BJJ (www.martinezbjj.com) and Powered By Pohler (www.poweredbypohler.com).
The heavyweight, who is also a full-time police officer when he’s not fighting, escaped an early takedown attempt from the Russian and then absolutely battered him with punches including a barrage of machine-gun fire like shots against the cage that led to a stoppage from referee Herb Dean.
The end came at 1:55 in the first round.
“This is exactly what I planned for,” Daukaus said after moving to 3-0 in the UFC. “Aleksei’s a legend, there’s a reason he’s a legend like that. It was that quick right hand. Figured out I caught him. Just punching, punching, punching.”
As soon as the fight started, Oleinik closed the distance, pushing Daukaus against the cage and then did everything possible to drag him to the ground. Oleinik even attempted to pull guard but Daukaus refused to go down.
Once the fight got back to the feet it was all Daukaus as he cracked Oleinik with a stiff right hand and that really was the beginning of the end.
With Oleinik on wobbly legs, Daukaus just pressed forward with fast combinations that largely went undefended until he had his opponent trapped against the fence. From there, Daukaus just kept firing punches until it was clear Oleinik wasn’t going to escape and the fight was finally over.
Daukaus has been an impressive addition to the UFC’s heavyweight division and with this latest win, he’s just looking to climb up the ranks with a fight against the next best guy ahead of him.
“Whoever’s in front of me,” Daukaus said when asked about a future opponent. “It doesn’t matter to me.”
It was such an honor to collaborate with Lower Merion High School Aces football team on their game-day apparel. This team did not relent during a hard-fought battle with their 124-year rival, Radnor. Their deep-seated rivalry dates back to 1897 and it showed on the field today. Although they didn’t get their desired outcome, these bulldogs stayed in the fight and their future is bright.
A huge congratulations to our very own Chris Daukaus for another impressive attack and victory in his second trip to the octagon at UFC Fight Island 5.
With his quick and punishing hands, Chris knocked out the previously undefeated Nasicmento with relentless combinations in just 45 seconds.
Join us in congratulating Chris on his victory and follow his exciting journey up the UFC's heavyweight ladder on his Instagram. Also, be sure to check out Chris' team on Instagram at Martinez BJJ (www.martinezbjj.com) and Powered By Pohler (www.poweredbypohler.com).
Heavyweight prospect Chris Daukaus looked even better in his second trip to the Octagon earlier tonight (Sat., Oct. 10, 2020) at UFC Fight Island 5 live on ESPN+ from inside Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., when the Philadelphia police officer finished previously undefeated Brazilian Rodrigo Nascimento via TKO (punches) just 45 seconds into the first round. Daukaus wasted little time closing the gap on the grappling expert and landed a huge hook that put Nascimento on his butt. That allowed Daukaus the window of opportunity to jump on top and launch heavy ground-and-pound. Once Nascimento returned to his feet Daukaus blasted with a combination along the cage and forced the referee’s hand. Check out the highlights above courtesy of UFC/ESPN. With this performance, Daukaus locks down his second-straight knockout finish under the UFC banner after taking out Parker Porter in his debut back in August. The 31-year-old Daukaus looked even slimmer for this “Prelims” battle and enjoyed quite the speed advantage over Nascimento.
Few Will Hunt Ambassador Blaize Foltz, our community's resident Big Man, claimed his throne by finishing in 1st place at the Midwest Strongest Man event held at Forge Fitness in Wichita, KS. Check out his videos below.
Blaize is now qualified for the 2021 USS Strongman Nationals event.
Please join us in celebrating Blaize's strength, commitment, and achievement!
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We. Did. It. Midwest Strongest Man 🏅 ________________________________________ What a day. Shoutout to the ones I love that came out and supported me and my team. Shoutout to my people who competed today. Shoutout to my family. Special shoutout to my lifting partner, my nephew, and spotter today @noahbolti50 _______________________________ Biggest shoutout of the day. Thank you to my coach. My brother. My friend. The one who motivates me daily not just in the gym but in my life. Thank you @huck_the_barber316 I can’t thank you enough.