The Uncomfortable Truth - Introduction

Updated: Aug 5

This blog is titled, The Uncomfortable Truth for a very good reason. Over the last 12 months, I have endured more discomfort than I've accumulated over my lifetime. Surprisingly, over this same period, I have been the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.


The pain and discomfort I experienced was carefully planned and all brought on by myself. These experiences have allowed me to discover a profound new level of joy, happiness and fulfilment. It has also resulted in the realisation of how limiting my previous goals were and the incredible amount of untapped potential that I had been neglecting. I want to help you experience this for yourself. The uncomfortable truth however, is that it's not an easy process...

The decision to immerse myself in uncomfortable situations was in the pursuit of self-discovery and self-mastery. These experiences have resulted in uncovering a deep understanding of my values, life vision, why I do what I do, what I want to achieve in my life and who I want to become in the process. Life has never been clearer. I don’t want to sound like I have everything sorted and miraculously discovered the meaning of life (because that's far from the truth)… but for the first time, I know the impact I can have on the world and have proven to myself that I have the tools necessary to be successful in that pursuit – which is one hell of a feeling! However, the journey to get here was far from comfortable...


Over the last 12 months, I have been studying full-time as a PhD candidate, working part-time as an academic tutor, founded and currently running my own business, trained for and completed an Ironman triathlon, published 2 x peer-review journal articles and have established my financial plan for long-term investing. Listing these achievements isn’t my way of bragging or tooting my own horn, it’s simply to give context for the remainder of this article. Prior to 2020 I had absolutely no business knowledge or experience, had never completed a triathlon (of any length), had no prior experience publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, had no idea about investing and thought Ironman was something you became after eating Nutri-grain cereal. Long story short, I had limited experience and very little knowledge about any of the things I am currently doing today.

The purpose of this article is to share the lessons I’ve learned during this process (specifically Ironman training) and offer some tips for you to accelerate your own growth and development. I want to share my personal thoughts and ideologies that might assist you in finding and seeking out your true potential.

Some of the uncomfortable truths in this blog may seem harsh or blunt. However, I stand by everything I've written in this article. I have made a conscious effort to not sugar coat anything, because it takes a high level of integrity to create meaningful change. Everything you will read in this article is from my personal experiences. I have had to ask myself the hard questions and challenge my own beliefs. I have had to put my ego aside and admit that I was wrong or could be doing something differently. It takes courage to explore our own minds and try to understand why we do the things we do. The vulnerability associated with this process is scary, but it plays a pivotal role in mastering our minds and becoming the best versions of ourselves.


This blog will consist of the 6 key lessons I have learned during the Ironman journey. Each blog post will focus on one specific lesson. I invite you to take or leave any of the following information I provide in these blogs. We all possess different values and objectives in life and I respect that. These are simply a list of my own ideologies based off my personal experience. In saying that, I hope you can take something useful away and use this information to further improve your life!


Cheers, Ricky

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