The Downtown Podcast recently interviewed Fred Cook of Moveline and talked to him about the most moving experience of his life: the Virginia Tech shooting. Cook was sitting in class when the shooting broke out and was able to jump to safety from a second floor window 25 feet high; some of his colleagues weren’t as fortunate.
Needless to say the event was tragic, but Cook dug deep and found a silver lining. He decided to enter and run the memorial marathon, even though he had never run more than a few miles at a time, to keep his mind occupied on something constructive.
He committed to the massive goal of finishing a marathon, trained for the event, and ultimately finished. His dedication gave him the confidence to tackle massive projects without the fear of failure.
Having gone through the Virginia Tech experience Cook realized how fleeting life is, and it was unacceptable for him to spend one minute doing anything that didn’t tap his full potential. He had multiple engineering job offers upon finishing grad school, but he opted to become an entrepreneur.
Hear the full story here – it’s definitely one worth listening to.