Not Almost There

By Joe Chura

Why Not Almost There? I had never run a long race in my life, but here I am, in the middle of the 2015 Chicago Marathon. I’m feeling fantastic, even thinking I could go double the distance. Just being in this race was a mini-miracle. I had heart surgery and back surgery a decade earlier. I could barely stand back then, let alone run. Nonetheless, I’m fired up and feel better than ever. Then I see right in front of me— a sign that nearly stops me in my tracks, NOT ALMOST THERE. I try to brush it off but can’t stop thinking about those words. Every step seems heavier, harder, and then I start cramping up. I begin to walk and complain inside and out. I struggle the entire second half but finish (barely) with everything I have after being physically and mentally crushed. I have never stopped thinking about that sign but that’s fueled a quest to understand the power of the mind, body, and spirit. To understand how we accomplish things. To understand how we become better in the race against time and ourselves. Who am I? Southside Chicago kid. Young Father (20). Assembly line worker. Found 15 seconds between building cars to study. Graduated. Took 5 years. Created a few companies. Sold two. 800 employees. Created Refuel and Not Almost There to help others.

  1. 1.
    Living A Life Of Purpose with Kevin Hekmat
    1:25:04
  2. 2.
    Beyond Happiness with Jenn Lim
    54:06
  3. 3.
    Becoming A Spartan with Joe Chura, Heather Chura, Bruce Etzcorn and Jon Rieckmann
    59:34
  4. 4.
    The Power Of Presence with Kristi Hedges
    56:32
  5. 5.
    Burn it Down with Ben Mollin of The Ben Mollin Project and Shear Genius
    1:04:17
  6. 6.
    How to lose the Quarantine-15 with Nutrition Expert, John Brooks + BONUS Challenge
    1:09:20
  7. 7.
    If Not Now, When? The Re·Learn Series with Joe Chura
    22:39
  8. 8.
    Dedicate Yourself with Pete Davis
    48:58
  1. 9.
    Mood Follows Action with Rich Roll
    1:40:20
  2. 10.
    All I See Is Gold with Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs
    58:47
  3. 11.
    The Streets Less Traveled with Former Gang Leader Curtis Toler
    1:26:09
  4. 12.
    Against All Odds with Brian Reyelt
    1:18:12
  5. 13.
    Decide It's Your Turn with Former Pro Golfer and Confidence Coach Christina Lecuyer
    56:49
  6. 14.
    High Conflict with NY Times Best Selling Author and Journalist Amanda Ripley
    47:21
  7. 15.
    Expect the Expected with NFL, MLB and NBA Mindset Coach Russ Rausch
    1:03:34
  8. 16.
    The Genius of Athletes with Dr.Noel Brick
    1:39:19
  9. 17.
    Gut Check with Melissa Hanson
    1:07:19
  10. 18.
    Mid Year Recap with Joe Chura, Chadd Wright, Jesse Itzler, Maysoon Ziyad, JP Dinnell and others
    47:05
  11. 19.
    COVID-19 Q&A with Dr. Robert Murphy
    1:03:11
  12. 20.
    Thinner. Leaner. Stronger. with Mike Matthews
    1:28:48
  13. 21.
    Rest with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Ph.D
    1:31:38
  14. 22.
    Man in the Arena with Chadd Wright
    1:22:56
  15. 23.
    Mind over Matter with Alex Hutchinson : Part Two
    55:15
  16. 24.
    Mind Over Matter with Alex Hutchinson : Part One
    57:04
  17. 25.
    Love Good Fats with Suzie Yorke
    1:01:52
  18. 26.
    Laziness Does Not Exist with Dr. Devon Price
    1:06:58
  19. 27.
    How to Maximize Your Productivity with Mike Vardy
    1:36:40
  20. 28.
    Finding Mindfulness with Alison Canavan
    1:18:12
  21. 29.
    Changing Your Perspective with IN-Q
    59:43
  22. 30.
    Getting Ripped In Your 40's with John Brooks
    1:14:08
  23. 31.
    Prioritize Your Health with Angela Manuel Davis
    51:55
  24. 32.
    Don't Bury Your Goals with Ben Nemtin
    51:11
  25. 33.
    Be Who You Want To Be with Maysoon Zayid
    26:19
  26. 34.
    How to Never Forget a Name with Nelson Dellis
    49:33
  27. 35.
    The Third Door with Alex Banayan
    1:17:58
  28. 36.
    Think Like a Navy Seal with JP Dinnell
    1:02:13
  29. 37.
    The Power of Communication with Cal Fussman
    1:59:52
  30. 38.
    Lead from the Front with Greg Amundson
    1:09:07
  31. 39.
    Choose Your Hard with Patty Morrissey
    59:10
  32. 40.
    Start at One Mile with Mirna Valerio
    21:31
  33. 41.
    Pursuit of Happyness with Chris Gardner
    36:23
  34. 42.
    Playing Offense with Jesse Itzler
    31:08

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