Anyone who knows me understands that I love technology. I spend all day working on technology-based projects at Devika and I am lucky to have a job where I can do what I love. Thankfully this has been a good fortune of mine for most of my career, with a long stint at my family owned company Speedmaster, has allowed me to work every day in the auto parts industry. This was great because spoiler alert: I love cars. I especially love going fast (in a responsible way) and that's why I purchased a Radical SR3, to push my boundaries and driving skills to the limit, and test myself against some of the best drivers in Australia, and ultimately learning from mistakes.
Not only is it a buzz, but it has also taught me life lessons that I have applied to my personal life; to not be afraid of failure but to learn from my mistakes.
As you can see in the video below:
I was on track to achieve the lap record but I made a small mistake... I slid sideways and it cost me the fastest lap at Eastern Creek Raceway for a Radical. I had this opportunity to get in reach of this achievement because Radical allows all drivers to data share, which increases the driver development curve and provides unique coaching and mentoring programs for an array of skills. The long-term coaching programs at Radical use a combination of this data and world-class coaches to help the participants achieve optimal results.
This has taught me, both in my personal and professional life, the importance of sharing what I learn to grow from these experiences in order to develop skills of myself and others around me. In turn, this creates an eco-system of like-minded people and fosters growth, innovation and a strong foundation. Achieving this could include an array of activities such as being willing to ask someone for advice, assessing why something was successful but most importantly, it means understanding failure and being able to learn from mistakes.
While it's often natural for us to be afraid of failure, it's an important aspect of life, even when it doesn't leave us with the most positive feeling afterwards. If I was scared of failure I never would have gotten into that Radical and instead I would have stayed on the sidelines, not taking any risks. While I driving at over 160 kilometers/hour with many other professionals around me was intimidating, I was not afraid of getting on the track and give it a go. I made the choice to learn from my mistakes and accepted that I hadn't succeeded, but I got pretty close. And for someone who had never done that before, that was a pretty good start.
Radical made it extremely easy for me to assess my short comings because everything happens in split seconds and it's easy to stand on the sidelines and see where everything went wrong. But in life, we're not on the sidelines, we're right in the middle of it and it's not easy. It can sometimes be even easier to look at others and see where they succeeded or went wrong. However, the most valuable information comes from internal reflection. This takes honesty to admit and accept why you fell short in order to acknowledge how you can get better and learning from mistakes.
That’s why I have continued to race the Radical every chance I get and I continue to edge closer to that lap record.
Awesome first round of the Radical Cup!! and an honour to meet Australian motorsport's finest — with Mark Webber, Casey Stoner and Jamie Whincup.