Danny Vega – Traveling & Committing To Excellence

It’s been an insane couple of weeks for me. On Tuesday, April 25th, I flew to NYC for a little vacation with my wife and the kids. It was Maura’s birthday on Wednesday but more importantly, my cousin Gabe, the youngest of all the cousins, was getting married on Sunday.

During our week in NYC I took the kids to Columbia University and showed them all the places I hung out, and told them stories about my college experience. We went to Times Square, did tourist things, and took lots of pictures. I took them to the Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s cathedral, the Empire State Building (we didn’t go up due to bad fog and poor visibility), the flatiron district, grand central station, some of my favorite restaurants, Madison square park, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the 911 memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, Katz deli, Gray’s Papaya (twice) and rode the subway up and down the city. By 7pm every night we were dead.

By the end of the trip, we were beat to crap. Maura did something to her neck, I lost my voice and caught some sort of infection, and we were at each other’s throats. We barely made it back without killing each other.

Then it was time to drop the kids off at their grandmothers and go on the REAL vacation. And this is what I want to share with you. I won’t go into all of the details about how amazing that pinnacle trip (the award given to the top 7.5% of our sales force) to Turks & Caicos was. You can check my Instagram for that. What I will say is this. There is something transcendent about committing yourself to excellence and doing the things it takes every moment of every day of every week and month until you hit that lofty goal you set for yourself. You may be thinking you’re just not good enough, or you’re not ready, or something to that effect. That is fear keeping you from realizing what it really feels like to accomplish something great. And once you hit that goal, you know what it feels like and that feeling can never go away. It is burned into your soul forever. Now, you have no choice but to go for it again. This is why often, you see the greats in sports winning championships over and over and over again once they win that first one. It is unlike anything you’ve ever felt. Your confidence is higher than it’s ever been and fear doesn’t even bother to show up anymore because it knows it doesn’t stand a chance.

So I’m telling you right now, make that commitment and do the things you need to do. Don’t look up until you hit that goal. Because what is waiting for you at the end is something you can’t even imagine until you feel it for yourself.

Apologies for the motivational speaker stuff, but this is something that I took away over this trip and I will never forget it. Now it’s time to do it again.

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Danny Vega

Danny Vega is a 220lb raw powerlifter with meet bests of 640 squat in wraps (610 raw), 400 bench, and 700 deadlift. A native of Miami, Florida, Vega received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 2004, where he was a member of the football team and a three-time Dean’s List recipient. Vega earned his masters of science in human performance from the University of Florida, where he worked with the national championship men’s basketball team along with women’s basketball, tennis, and golf programs. He then went on to become the Strength & Conditioning coordinator for VCU basketball. The Rams were 2007 conference champions and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
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