is an Ironman, ultramarathon runner, Guinness World Record holder, technology entrepreneur
Blake likes to think that outside his comfort zone is his comfort zone! Blake agrees that humans are tool builders; Blake uses technology as a tool to enhance his mental and physical capacities in order to maximize his potential.
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Blake wasn't always a software programmer. In Blake's other life – it seems like a lifetime ago – he was an English Major who read poetry, fiction and yes, Shakespeare, as part of a daily routine. If working out keeps a person's body fit, reading keeps their mind sharp. Reading sharpens Blake's mental saw so that he can cut through tasks faster and with less effort .
The outcome of computers is Blake's real fascination. Technology allows Blake to transcend geographical location, connect more easily with people, do calculations faster, measure more effectively through data collection, and do general tasks more efficiently. Technology plays such an active role in our lives that it seems mastering it is the only logical response.
“One thing we know about creativity is that it typically occurs when people who have mastered two or more quite different fields use the framework in one to think afresh about the other. Intuitively, you know this is true. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist, scientist, and inventor, and each specialty nourished the other. He was a great lateral thinker. But if you spend your whole life in one silo, you will never have either the knowledge or mental agility to do the synthesis, connect the dots, which is usually where the next great breakthrough is found.”
(Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat)
Few people can say they are the best in the world at something. Blake's achievement is ironic because he does not watch TV and tends to "live vicariously through himself." (Warning: 91 hours of television may cause sleep deprivation).
Blake and Koy (Blake's twin brother) made it to final rounds of casting for the Amazing Race. Their audition video (below) gives a well-rounded preview of the extreme events, wild adventures and daring feats they've accomplished.
It's no outlandish metaphor to state that life is a path. Some walk, some stray and some run. For Blake, marathons are a testament to standing strong in the face of hardship and not stopping until the task has been accomplished.
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Would it be too cliche to use a Henry Thoreau quote here?
"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better start running.
The first programming book Blake ever read was by Chris Pine called "Learn How to Program".
Chris does a really great job of explaining beginner programming in a simple albeit thorough way. His parting words:
"Maybe you don’t feel like you remember everything, or you skipped over some parts…really, that’s just fine. Programming isn’t about what you know; it’s about what you can figure out."
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