Someone once asked me how do you know when your successful if you are constantly working to achieve success. I told him that success leaves clues, and even while you are on course, there are guides to keep you on the path. Did YOU know that success leaves clues? And if you don’t know have to recognize the clues, and get in the “draft” so it won’t be as difficult for you to achieve.
Junior Johnson was one of the founding first of NASCAR racing to invent drafting. He noticed that whenever he got right behind another car, he was able to go faster. He suspected the front car lowered wind resistance for the back car by “creating a draft.” His technique helped him win the 1960 Daytona 500, even though his car was significant slower than some other stock cars on the track. When interviewed about his driving, he told them about his technique.
Soon other drivers began imitating Johnson’s technique, and drafting was born. NASCAR racing went from a combination of luck and horsepower to an intensely technological, strategic sport.
What actually happens in drafting?
Basically the front car creates a low-pressure area — a draft — that essentially acts like a vacuum and pulls the back car forward. The combination of the pair of cars can go as much as 5mph faster than either car driving alone. Add more cars to the line and the effects are doubled even tripled.
To draft, you have to know and trust your car’s handling. And if you want to change your position in the line of cars, you have to be strategic. Scientists have proven that when you draft, you exert 30 percent less effort than the person you are tailing.
The same is true in being successful.
If what you are striving to achieve has never been done before, you will suffer the pain, fear, and struggle to accomplish your goal. Just imagine the person that made the first cell phone, or the first television.
But if you know you are following behind someone else who is blazing the trail and creating the draft for you, it will be much easier. And if you wish to become better, you have to know and trust yourself, first, and with this knowing you are able to make sound and strategic decisions that will not only affect you, but others you make connect with.
How to find your Success Draft
For anything you do or wish to achieve, simply find two people that are very successful in what you are doing or would like to do, then devote yourself to learning as much as you can about them and how they got to where they are. Just get in their draft, and that alone will exert 30 percent less emotional efforts and struggles in reaching your goals.
Of course we all strive to be trendsetters and love to be out in forefront leading the way, and you will have every opportunity to do just in your journey by mentoring someone, or hiring an intern. When you teach someone else, it’s an amazing way to boost your learning curve and reignite your passion and purpose in life.
By the time you achieve your goal, you would not only be successful, but you would have helped others that followed in your draft.
Today NASCAR has redefined the shape of the cars to make them aerodynamic and to reduce the accidents that occurs on the racetrack, but drafting still remains. Find those clues that success leaves behind and get into that draft, that alone will take the stress and worry out of how it can be done because the trail has been blazed before you.
Remember success leaves clues – seek the draft that others left behind to give you, inspiration, courage, and strength for you to accomplish your goals. In fact, seeing what others have done gives you positive anticipation in what you will achieve.
This is your life – make the most of it – begin working with the power of drafting by never giving up, being consistent and finishing strong. You’ll be glad you did.
I look forward to connecting with you soon