The reason I rate this episode so high is because of the degree of insight it gives us into Aaron’s mindset and general outlook on life.
There’s an old piece of advice that says ‘don’t put all your eggs in the one basket’. The thing about this is it only applies if you’re uncertain about which basket to choose. If you know which basket is the right basket though, then you absolutely cram that basket full and reap the rewards.
What’s clear here is Aaron knows which basket to choose. His belief in his faith is absolute and he describes how racing (along with his success, money and lifestyle) is just “a big epic bonus”. “None of this is like life to me itself, it’s just a big positive benefit to life”.
It’s uplifting and inspiring to see a man who’s so centred and at peace with himself that he can put his all to anything he chooses to do without distraction. I wrote in ‘Aaron Gwin on how Caring Wins Races’ about how his humbleness and his passion for ensuring everyone around him was happy was key to his lasting success. Greg Williams (Aaron’s friend) sums that up in this episode when talking about how Aaron’s faith allows him to deal with the pressures he faces by staying focused on what’s important. “If you say, you know what, I’m just gonna do what I do, I’m going to be kind, I’m going to be gracious, I’m going to do my job, whatever else happens happens……”. Aaron repeatedly states how he sees his achievements, not as something he deserves for the work he’s put in, but as a blessing for sticking to what’s important.
It’s a massively powerful interview and a must watch. All credit to Aaron, Rob Warner and the Red Bull production team as we, in turn, are blessed for being given the chance to see it.
If you’re going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.