Spot on Steve

Steve Gurney knows a thing or two about guts and competing, so we should listen to him when he says that we are creating a nation of molly-coddled soft-cocks:

To taste success, you must also taste dirt, multisport adventurer Steve Gurney says.

It is the nine-times Speight’s Coast to Coast winner’s gritty philosophy on life was what he talked about when he was in Central Otago last month to promote his new book, Eating Dirt.

“Eating dirt is a metaphor and the over-arching message of the book is that you learn from your mistakes.

“To do this, you have to eat dirt a few times, take a few risks and crash off your bike.”

In Gurney’s view, life has become too antiseptic, especially for children.

“At schools and in sport, we’re bubble-wrapping kids and they’re missing out on getting the experience of how to judge risk, so that they’ll know how to find their limits later in life.”

Not that kids should be reckless, he stresses.

“I’ve done some stupid stuff that deserves death but I’m still here to contribute to the gene pool.”


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