If at first you don’t succeed…
“I’m a great believer in setting myself goals, and I like to think that, once I’ve a goal to aim for, I’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it. Problems are part of the challenge and you have to work your way through them. If you were to be put off by every little problem life throws at you, you’d get nowt done”.
With New Year’s resolutions on the horizon, this quote couldn’t be more apt! The problem we have is not setting the goals themselves – that’s the easy part… it’s carrying them out that can prove tricky. We often face hurdles or challenges that get in the way, and make us think our ambitions are beyond us. What Guy’s reminding us here is that we need to focus on the goal at hand and not be deterred. We can’t expect everything to be smooth sailing – there are going to be issues that crop up, but – as Guy says – if we were put off by the hurdles life throws at us, we’d never achieve nowt!
Get into the right frame of mind
“If you were riding around thinking ‘oh this place is a bit dangerous, if I crash there it’s going to hurt’ because if you were thinking that you’d be in the wrong job. Things do go wrong; I’ve got it wrong around here before. I’ve been in hospital before and got away with it. It’s not often you get away with it but I know the risks, nobody is making me do it. I want to win and if you want to win you have to push and if you’re pushing things go wrong sometimes. Until you’ve done it you wouldn’t understand it. There isn’t a word for it. I don’t know if the English language has got a word to do the TT justice.”
We’re not sure if the English language has a word for it either, Guy! But we think what he’s trying to say is that your mindset dictates how you approach a situation. If you go into it thinking the worst, or feeling scared or pessimistic, you’re never going to win. While (for us, anyway) this situation is unlikely to involve super speedy motorbikes, it can apply to other scenarios in life – from getting fit to quitting smoking; starting a new hobby to allocating more ‘me’ time. You have to really want something in order to achieve it – without this want, you won’t have the drive needed to make you succeed. It’s all about the positive mental attitude.
Getting the right work/life balance
“You won’t see me at many press events or anything like that because I don’t get paid to do the TT. A lot of the riders do, not all of them, but it’s not my thing; I’ve got a day job. That gives me flexibility; I don’t want to come over and be at everyone’s beck and call. I ride motorbikes because I enjoy riding motorbikes. I’m not ungrateful for the attention I get, I just struggle with it so try and put myself in as few of those situations as possible. When I get to the pits, everybody wants a piece of me and I do struggle with that, but I think I’ve got the balance alright now.”
Guy has also said at one point that if he was ever asked to do Strictly Come Dancing or Celebrity Big Brother “I want someone to slap me around the face”! Guy’s a man who knows what he wants – he’s in it for the adrenaline that comes with his job, not the fame. Although we don’t have the problem of people hounding us to do reality TV shows and press conferences (*sigh*), we do understand what it’s like to be pulled in different directions. Sometimes you need to put your foot down in order for work not to get in the way of your personal life. Once you have that magic balance, you’ve got it good.
Money can’t buy happiness
“When I came off my bike during the Isle of Man TT in 2010, the feeling when I knew that everything was going wrong and that I wasn’t going to be able to hold on to the bike – at 170mph – was unbeatable. That was a proper buzz. Those few moments between being in control of what I was doing, then losing control, and the instant between crashing and almost dying were intense. That’s the ultimate feeling of danger. Money can’t buy that feeling – it’s priceless.”
Let’s get one thing straight: unlike Guy, we don’t think we would much like the feeling of imminent death. But, then again, this is coming from the man who has also once said “If in doubt, go flat out!” We do know what he’s getting at, though: money can’t buy feelings. For example, you could be out on a crisp winter’s walk, surrounded by family, laughing your socks off – and moments like these are simply priceless. Especially with Christmas coming up, it’s important not to lose sight of this – it’s always good to remind ourselves of how lucky we are, from an unmaterialistic point of view.
How to make a proper brew
“I’m not good at many things in life but I am a fair hand at drinking tea.”
We got a bit deep there, so let’s leave on a more light-hearted note! We’re a nation of tea-lovers, so any tips on how to make the perfect brew are always welcome. Guy doesn’t shy away from the fact that he’s a little obsessed with tea, to say the least (he drinks around 15 mugs a day) – and when he finishes a race you can usually spot someone running over to him with a cuppa! His preference is good old Yorkshire Tea (the Gold version). So, that makes him a bit of a TT tea expert, then! Watch the man himself here explain how to make the perfect cup – apparently it’s about creating a “molecular interaction” from an emulsion by putting the milk in first!
For more inspirational quotes from the charming Guy Martin, check out his new book – Worms to Catch – there’s bound to be a fair few more that will really strike a chord.