Disc Sports, Thoughts

Answering Some Questions About…Me

2 Comments 27 April 2012

My friend Crystal recently added an interesting post to her blog titled “Questions we should be asking”. It’s a very personal thing to answer questions about yourself and to look internally and be honest with yourself can be difficult. I personally like doing challenging things so I decided to take her advice and repost the questions, with my own answers.

11 questions we should be asking:

1. What is your dream job?

For me I interpret the question as “What do you dream of doing with your time on this earth?” For me that question has always been sports. I didn’t know to what capacity, or in what role that would evolve as but over the past few years it’s become quite clear – as a coach, as a teacher, as a mentor, as a competitor, as a performer and most importantly, as an active participant. The majority of my time I spend thinking about disc sports (ultimate frisbee, disc golf, dog disc, and there are others). I love frisbee. I love throwing. I love watching a frisbee fly through the air. I am always amazed how far a frisbee flies with my hand being its only source of energy. The frisbee is truly unique since it doesn’t follow a predictable flight path like a baseball or football does. The frisbee is not a slave to gravity – rather it flies through the air, and it’s flight can be controlled with the amount of force put on the frisbee and the amount of spin given to the frisbee.

I got off topic but to answer the question – my dream job involves a frisbee – teaching, competing, performing.

2. What fulfills you?

This one is easy. Learning. I learn through reading, through watching (movies, people), through practicing (sports) and through listening. I love knowledge and it drives me to be a better person everyday.

3. What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t have a greatest fear anymore. When I was 18, my mom died. Up to that point, that was my greatest fear. Since then, I live randomly, spontaneously, sometimes recklessly, but above all, passionately.

4. What do you want more of in life?

I want more freedom to do the things I love. Right now that means financial freedom although it frequently means more time as well.

5. What is your greatest accomplishment?

To date, I would consider my greatest accomplishment to be the fact that I DO. There are many people who talk, but I do. From that, I am a World Champion, I hold 2 World Records and I am also a Guinness World Record holder. The difference between me and many others is that I did. I’m not saying that to brag. I just did it. Anyone can.

6. What are you most ashamed of?

I’m not really ashamed of anything. I sometimes wish I had treated some people better in my past but I’ve realized why I treated them the way I did and I know we are both stronger because of it.

7. What makes you sad?

The number one thing that makes me sad is how ignorant and naive so many people are. There are so many things in this world that can be prevented and which shouldn’t happen – obesity, mental illness, poor education, debt. People are so complacent and don’t believe enough in themselves to stand up and be happy. That makes me sad.

8. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever experienced?

The hardest thing I’ve ever experienced was losing my mother. Nothing will ever compare to the pain that I went through. She was an incredible woman and she is a big reason I am who I am today.

9. What is great about you?

I really like how passionate I get for what I’m involved in and I like that I’m constantly looking for ways to improve myself and be better. It’s frustrated many people but that’s a big part of me and those who understand and appreciate that I think, like me for those reasons.

10. Who are you?

I’m a kind soul who cares too much, who over commits constantly and who is looking for real people and real experiences. I’m concerned that technology is taking much of the “realness” out of life and so I try to be aware of life around me to ensure I don’t lose sight of what matters.

11. What inspires you?

My passions. People who have pursued their passions. And the more I learn, the more my friends and family inspire me. How supportive they are. How much they love me. And how they are always there for me even when I think they’re not.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

Invictus – My Favourite Poem

No Comments 24 April 2012

Before playing on the Calgary men’s ultimate frisbee team, Invictus, I had never heard of this poem. But when I first read it, the last 2 lines stood out in my mind and to this day, remain my personal mantra:

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

The poem gained lots of popularity with the 2009 movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. It’s a great movie, the title fits it and the poem works wonderfully with the plot.

The poem in its entirety is below. What is your favourite poem?

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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