Tristan Miller is "that guy", the one who ran 52 international marathons in 52 weeks in 2010.
Tristan Miller spent many years working in ad sales, before the "call of the wild" took hold. In the Global Economic Crisis of 2009/10, Tristan lost his job at Google when they shut down the Melbourne office. Instead of looking for a new job, he decided to take on a new challenge.
Tristan sold everything, laid out an extraordinary strategy and left Australian shores to attempt to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks - 42 countries, 7 continents - raising money for the charities, UNICEF and Facing Africa. Tristan's crazy idea turned into an epic journey as he traipsed the world, mostly alone, to see what it was like to run around the planet. He ran in all the major international marathons, including New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo, but also found himself in Rwanda, Mongolia and on Easter Island, in Chile, to name a few. He even ran across the frozen fields of Antarctica!
His tales of heroism and misfortune are dynamic and engaging. His ability to sift through the lessons of his year and give insight into the profound changes that he went through has audiences engrossed in the story. Tristan even captured many of these moments on video, as he carried a camera while he was running in every corner of the world, making his presentation visually entertaining.
Tristan made national headlines before he left and then again on his return to Australia and his name has been in print in many languages around the world, creating thousands of avid international followers. His website, RunLikeCrazy.com, and Facebook page has huge numbers of regular visitors all now wondering, what's next for this rising hero of running?
Tristan's story shows that a very regular guy can do incredible things with the right motivation. He'll have people so inspired by the end of his talk, they'll believe they can take on the world too!
Tristan believes it's important to show the team what you want to achieve and breakdown the steps to get there. Invite them to be involved in this path to success, then lead the way through example and encourage your team to follow suit, do their job well and then celebrate the wins as they achieve each goal. Always remind them what they're working towards, so the vision remains clear.
Tristan's story is about taking hold of opportunity and making the most of your potential, whatever you do. It's about promoting a work life balance, knowing that taking some time to set personal goals (ie. run a marathon) inevitably feeds across into your work life. The lessons of breaking down each task into achievable steps and completing the entire goal are universal. The confidence that comes from realising you can personally do what others only dream about is phenomenal.
I had to accept that many things would go wrong with my year. There was no precedent for my mission, so essentially I was flying blind. I focussed on getting on the next plane, finding the next bed and continuing to the next start line. I knew that the hard times would pass and I would soon be in a good space again, as long as I kept ticking the boxes and doing the basics. In the end, I continued on my long journey to success!
If your organisation needs a breath of fresh air, Tristan will have your staff re-assess their professional and personal goals and start to imagine themselves taking on bigger challenges in life.
Whether it's in life or at work, to be adventurous is to bring change into our lives, to strive for goals that we previously have believed are out of reach, or only the domain of others.
Tristan's speech makes people believe that they deserve more than an ordinary life and that they can achieve just about anything, by setting goals, laying out a plan and striving to deliver above all expectation.
The Google New York office had the opportunity to hear Tristan Miller speak. In front of over 200 employees, Tristan entertained and captivated the crowd with stories of his RunLikeCrazy adventures to date. He did a fantastic job engaging with the audience, who were both inspired and impressed with Tristan's background and achievements. His presentation was of very high quality and received nothing but positive feedback from all who attended. We were lucky to have someone of Tristan's calibre present to our employees and wish him all the best with future endeavours.
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"Having completed his final marathon around Albert Park Lake at the feet of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), Tristan Miller offered to talk to MSAC platinum members about his experiences at our Running Performance information evening in early February 2011. His inclusion in the evening became a huge draw card and his presentation – complete with video clips, photos, medals and numerous anecdotes - was exceptional. His ability to speak of his personal motivators, emotional journey, physical impact and the practical implications of such an achievement resonated with everyone in the room, from new and occasional runners to seasoned marathon participants and triathletes. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship working with Tristan at MSAC, and will be certain to call on him for further such engagements."
Tim Burde | Health & Wellness Business Manager | Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre