Take a Risk, Get Out of Your Rut!

We can always find excuses and reasons to give up and quit. It’s easy to stay in a rut, struggling through life, paying bills, and supporting and raising a family. It’s easy to remain in the status quo of mediocrity. …

Support Your People!

Experiencing failure and pain is the price we pay for character. Yes, my hands were frozen from frostbite. Just part of the learning experience. Was that a reason to quit? No, it wasn’t a reason to quit. This is coming …

Take Time to Sharpen Your Saw

To be successful, we need quiet time. We need to disconnect from the world. This is where I disconnected because I needed to get my mind straight. I needed to get my mind off all the problems and all the …

When It’s Quiet, You Can Think!

Arriving at the Deshka Landing check point Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m., February 5. As I came around the corner, there was Josef. Whoa, man, all of those problems, all of those bad thoughts just vanished. Josef was there, Mary, Janae, …

Take Care of Your People!

And this is what I told myself. I said, “Gary, you’re going to do this! You’re not quitting. Because if you die, you’ll still be an example to your boys that you don’t quit just because it gets difficult. You …

You Don’t Quit!

Yes, in those times your head will play games with you, and it will convince you to quit. It will give you every reason to quit. I even entertained those ideas, and you can entertain them if you know who …

The Timely High Five!

Now, you will have interruptions. So, I’m there; it was 17°F below that morning, and I was cold. I’d been on the trail for almost six days altogether, and I was tired. My bones were frozen, my bones were aching. …

Face the Unknown and Just Do It!

Mushing into the unknown. Another thing that I learned. How many of you have felt like you’ve gone into the unknown with Young Living? The difference between your mushing into Young Living and where I was mushing is that there …

To Be Successful, Keep on Going!

 You know, you don’t just lie down because you accomplish something. You don’t lie down because you’re tired. You keep going. If you want to be successful, you keep going. Here I am at the mushers meeting for the second …

The Joy of Accomplishment!

This is coming in—the joy of accomplishment. You’ve all felt this joy, true or false? Yes! Three days and nights out on the trail, when we had temperatures down to 10-14°F below zero. It was chilly. And then there was …

It’s a One-Ear Hill! Hang on!

So now it’s back on the trail again. And folks, running through the night had a whole different feeling to it. What I could see, all that I could see, was what was in that headlight; and it was nice …

No Rest for the Weary

I arrived at Freddy’s check station, 52 miles into the race, on Saturday afternoon, January 28. It was amazing! As I pulled into the check station, the officials who were there to check my time and my dogs and make …

Just Keep Going When the Going is Tough!

Now comes the time. I’m out here on my own, all alone, going through the Alaska wilderness. I don’t know where I am; I don’t know how far I’ve gone. But I’ve been mushing for hours and hours and hours. …

The “Greenhorn” Catches Some Air!

Once you start, just keep looking forward. On January 28, 11:40 a.m., I was out of the chute. The people didn’t even know me, and they were cheering and clapping and yelling. It was an exhilarating feeling. And those dogs, …

Get in the Race!

So, I walked right in and I signed up. If you hesitate, you’ll start thinking about all the fear. You’ll be thinking about the risk. You’ll be thinking about, “Holy cow, Gary, are you stupid? You’ve been on a dogsled …

Create Your Plan, Make Your Choice!

Know where you’re going and work to be ready for what’s ahead. In this case, I looked at the map and studied the route I was going to be racing, so I’d have a little bit of an idea of …

Believe in Yourself!

This is one of the things that I will say: I think social media is fabulous, but I also think in some ways that it’s destructive. For some of us, we’ve stopped building those one-on-one relationships. If you want to …

Building Trust

That happens to be me there in the blue coat, following my leader. Follow your leaders’ examples and duplicate what they do until you develop your own style. Every one of us has our own personality, our own feelings, our …

Making a Big Change!

This photo was taken on January 11 of this year. On New Year’s Day, I called Mitch Seavey and asked him if I came to Alaska, would he let me take a dog team out on a ride and see …