Dawid Mocke | World Surfski Champion and Entrepreneur
Dawid Mocke is a 4 times World Surfski Champion, entrepreneur and immersion speaker. Dawid’s sporting career started on the beach and in the surf as “Nipper” lifesavers, and progressed until representing South Africa in Surf Lifesaving. During this time he also started flat-water marathon, river marathon and flat-water sprint paddling; as well as open ocean surfski racing.
My Definition Of Success | Success used to mean being the best – always – and becoming famous for it; achieving legendary status through performance. Fortunately I realized early enough that that definition is flawed and results in disappointment and emptiness more often than not. Your significance is not based on your performance. So, for me success means fulfilling your allotted time here on earth with purpose, using your talents & following your passion – and not leaving a trail of destruction behind you with regards relationships (family, friends, competitors, business related) as you pursue your goals.
I Am Driven To | Find and follow my God given purpose/s while here on earth.
My Highlights | There have been many racing highlights – over 30 International titles, 4 x World Series titles, representing South Africa on a few occasions. Competing, and achieving that kind of success is obviously a highlight. But what makes me most proud I think was acting on that conviction to follow my passion, and 12 years later, to still be doing it. Along the way, playing a part in the growth of the paddling sport from starting the first Surfskischool to pioneering being a professional surfski paddler and launching a focused surfski paddling brand.
The Difference Between good And Great Is | Consistency! Consistency is the essence of progress. Then, setting great goals that are measurable, achievable and time based.
It starts in training – finish each session, don’t be that guy that always stops early. Make sure you do every interval the same, don’t do one flat out and then “lame out” on the rest. That translates to your weekly training – don’t do 2 days good training and then miss one; make sure you consistently make it to every session. Day in, day out, week in, week out. That builds into months, which builds into years.
This discipline of consistency translates into other areas of your life, from work to relationships.
Principles I Live By |
- Never let sport, achievement or competition ruin relationships, whether in family, friends or acquaintances.
- Identify your talents and passions and then follow them.
- Remain humble so that you can be taught and corrected.
Paddling Skills That Have Led To My Success | Specifically in paddling I would say my critical skills are: downwind paddling, starting hard, getting to the front and staying there as long as possible.
How I Deal With Doubt | Iremember past victories. Sometimes you are faced with a task or challenge that you feel you are not up to. In these times, think back to your “victories” and how you achieved them. Then, plan how you will face the challenge ahead.
Performing At My Peak | It’s impossible to always be at your peak. To perform at your peak you need careful planning, build up and execution. However, you can perform at a high level, not always your best, but high enough to achieve. To do this requires careful physical management and planning around your events.
The Meaning Of Life | I don’t believe life has a meaning as much as I believe that life does have a purpose. There are however 4 great questions in life that we must answer to find meaning in it and the first is: “Why am I here?” (purpose) The 2nd is “How did I get here” (origin). The 3rd is “How do I know right from wrong?” (morality) and the final and biggest question is “What happens when I die?” (Eternity). And in answering these questions the person of Jesus Christ stands apart from any other.
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