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Ambition or Arrogance – There is a difference

Today, for whatever reason I found myself thinking about why it is that some people are satisfied with living “normal” lives, while others can’t seem to settle, and need to push forward towards something better, or just  different, attempting to experience more. People tend to look at others who they think are more successful, and wish their lives were like that. And if the person they look at doesn’t seem to be satisfied they can’t understand why.

Let’s take my situation. If you had told me 5 years ago, that in 2016 I will be able to basically live for extended periods of time wherever in the world I wanted to, that I would have a top class competitive car for 1:8th buggy, that my team would be the best looking in the pits, and that I would have a race van all wrapped up thanks to an American Energy Drink sponsor, not just in America, but in Europe too, I would probably have lost my shit. That would be amazing. To someone from the outside looking in, it may still be amazing. A village idiot from Finland, to worldwide RC Racing team with strong junior drivers in 5 years. Now that I think about it, that’s pretty crazy! I mean this is me we are talking about here…

But to me, it doesn’t feel amazing. Maybe because I am living it and I am jaded, but to me I am just not satisfied. There are so many things that aren’t the way I want them to be, and that frustrates me. I want so much more, and I can’t have it. I just can’t settle.

Another example is the racing side. Most racers will never win a national championship, or make a main at the Euros or Worlds. Many of the racers who actually put some effort into it won’t do so either. So for the ones who do, if they don’t view being national champion as a great achievement, or making the main and finishing 7th at a major race a huge success, it’s easy for most people to look at them and think “what an arrogant twat”. But here’s the thing, yes that’s possible, they could be right, but more than likely, the reason for the lack of enthusiasm about the success is that it’s just not good enough. This person is ambitious. This person wants more, far more, and whatever he has achieved is just not enough and feels like nothing special. The goals are a lot higher.

if they don’t view being national champion as a great achievement, or making the main and finishing 7th at a major race a huge success, it’s easy for most people to look at them and think “what an arrogant twat”.

I don’t exactly know what my point is, but maybe you can find one somewhere above. 🙂

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Yes I said it…

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I was at the track again today, but I was testing stuff I can’t make public at this time! Sorry! Instead I thought I would clear something up, as well as make it public, so I can’t get lazy about it.

The motivation behind this blog may seem benevolent. Taking the time to carefully explain things about my products as well as racing and setting up cars in general, in order to support RC racers out there. To the cynical ones out there it may seem like yet another marketing ploy. I can tell you that you are all mistaken. Any beneficial outcome of this blog and these stories are simply positive externalities caused by my selfish and incomprehensible drive to succeed.

I want to win, there I said it. And now the time has come to do something about it. THECar is finally really, really good. I have the understanding and experience required now to at least have the equipment required to do well. I have given my car to some top drivers, and watched them go that 1 second faster than me, that second that I am missing. I have felt that my lack of skills is limiting me, not the car itself. Now is the time to go all in and see how far I can go.

What I think is possible seems to be quite different to what most people think is possible, but I still think I am realistic.

What I think is possible seems to be quite different to what most people think is possible, but I still think I am realistic. When I don’t think something is possible I don’t waste too much effort on it. For the past few years I haven’t thought it to be realistic that I can win, so I haven’t focused on my driving, I have focused on developing the car, on marketing, on sales, on the company, on this on that. But not my driving. But now it is different. Now I think it is possible, so now I will shift my focus.

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The purpose of this blog and these stories is to document my attempt to go from 15th-25th in the world, to 1st-5th. I’m not talking about every race. I am talking about 1 race. I will never be winning multiple races, but I can win one race, when everything goes right. Writing these setup and testing stories forces me to do something valuable at the track. It forces me to learn and improve, and not settle. It forces me to think about what I am doing and improve. It also motivates me because I don’t want to fail, as now I just told everyone what my goal is.

The purpose of this blog and these stories is to document my attempt to go from 15th-25th in the world, to 1st-5th.

I would say I have about 5-6 years to get this done. I’m all in, and I will share what I learn and what I think here. This year is a bit of a #rcgypsy year. I will be doing a road trip across America in April, and visit tracks, shops, and JQ Racers. If someone want’s me to stop by and hold an RC clinic just email me at jq@jq-products.com. I will be posting setup advice and stories throughout the journey. I am selling my dirtbikes :-(, so that when I go back to Europe I can buy a van and do the same thing there. A lot of track time, a lot of racing, a lot of learning, and hopefully a lot of sales too :-).

It’s not going to be easy, but whatever happens, at least I know I gave it my all.

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