It’s insane to work two jobs and have full-time training. You’re an inspiration.
When I had set out to launch Purpose, being an inspiration was the last on my mind. Instead what occupied it was the desire to create cycling jerseys that were great to wear, yet does not cost a bomb on the pocket. “These are cycling jerseys, why would I pay 300 dollars to wear something I’d sweat in” I remember often saying.
Did I take on too much? Did I have too lofty of a goal? What’s there to lose, right?
Actually. Quite a lot. For most of the time since Purpose started, I had pumped my own money into Purpose. Developing the original kits. These got copied. And I had to spend months spend after that looking for better, more reputable manufacturer.
2018 is going to be a big season. Not just for myself but also for Purpose.
Beyond just taking part in races for personal goals (I’ve signed up for 3 major ones so far), these are also the platforms for Purpose–regionally, and beyond. To me, events like these are the best times to know and get closest to actual users. Better than startup conferences or trend reports ever will be.
Going into race weekend things got hectic. There was much to do, things yet to be prepared, and equipment to be tweaked. There was also the added pressure to do well – not just for myself to complete, but also for Purpose to perform and be noticed.
Over her birthday dinner last night, daughter Sarah asked what my motto in life is. Without hesitation I answered; “always find a way”. That’s my motto, and that’s also what I advised her. And to anyone else asking, this answer remain the same.
Always find a way – to make something out of nothing. Challenges happen, it’s part of living.
Always find a way – to turn problems into solutions. We’ll always be called on to give advice.
Always find a way – to see the other side. We won’t fully understand things unless we’ve walked a mile in them.
Always find a way – to practise patience. The world is moving fast enough, stop and enjoy the moment.
Always find a way – to be nice. When we start with a smile we get smiles in return.
We’ll just disappoint ourselves if we think being happy is an end goal. Happiness is a state and it can be achieved even if we don’t think it’s there.
Always find a way. Because life’s hard. Just never give up trying.
Riders setting up their bikes as well as take in nutrition before the start
Rain poured in just as the riders took off
Once in a while, the luxury of riding in a small peloton
Open roads with stunning views; what more can riders ask for?
Undulating and never flat tested riders on some parts
Note: This photo-essay also appeared on Purpose Magazine, the lifestyle blog of Purpose, the most comfortable jerseys you will ever wear.
One week into 2016, how has yours been? Ours started with a bang as we rode Batam’s Barelang Bridge. A network of 6 bridges that connects Batam and its periphery islands. In all the route is 55km one way, making it a total of 110km both ways.