Major Taylor and the barriers created by racism; Range and the case against specialization.
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The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor by Michael Kranish is an engrossing look into the life of the world's most famous athlete of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Major Taylor was an African American who rose to the top of the cycling world during a time of intense racism and cultural change. The life of Major Taylor serves as an example of the fierce battles the citizens of this country have fought in providing all people the opportunity to pursue their dreams without the barriers of racism blocking their progress. Sport and history fans alike will find this book fascinating. The lessons in the book are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. You can read my book notes here.
Quote that struck a chord:
“We learn who we are only by living, and not before...We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.” - Herminia Ibarra quote in Range by David Epstein.
I highly recommend reading this book to anyone who, like myself, felt inadequate because you did not have one clear passion or goal you worked towards from a young age. Epstein makes a strong case that early specialization may not be the advantage we think it is when it comes to sport, work, and life in general. You can read my book notes here.
If you have a moment to spare:
- Been chased by a dog while riding your bike? This may be worse.
- The national security risk of President-elect Joe Biden's Peloton bike.
Have a great week!
Tri Town Bicycles
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