Dick and Rick Hoyt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH943Az_lPQ
Derek Redmond, 1992 Olympics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE
I personally think that this video of Team Hoyt has better details about the story behind their struggle.
This is the post that could but probably won't change your life: "There’s no speed limit. (The lessons that changed my life)" http://sivers.org/kimo . I say "could," because most of you probably won't click the link; of those of you who do, most of you won't read the whole thing; of those of you who do, most of you won't get it; of those who do, most won't implement it. On the off chance that one out of 50 of you let this change your life, however, I'm sending it. Derek Sivers, who posted "There's no speed limit," also wrote a book called Anything You Want,  and reading it is probably one of the best ways you can spend an hour.
Is the tone of your email what you really intend? To me it reads like "I'm probably wasting my valuable time casting pearls before you swine. But just in case even ONE of you is worthy, here is some good advice from Derek Sivers". I find it dismissive, bordering on contempt.
I'm just being honest in the e-mail.
And a lot of the things pg wrote. Not a single essay, more the overall picture he discribed.
The whole post is gold, but this is the best part:
The point of all this is that it doesn’t matter how many
times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost
get it right. No one is going to know or care about your
failures, and either should you. All you have to do is
learn from them and those around you because…
All that matters in business is that you get it right once.
"a smart hacker working very hard without any corporate bullshit to slow him down should be able to do work worth about $3 million a year."
The blog post by itself is absolutely amazing, but the followups are what really make it. Link to them after the blog post on the last page.
Technically it is a magazine article but I stumbled upon the repost of it on nerd fitness.
I still am not really interested in listening to him speak, but he is a very compelling writer.
Reject The Tyranny of Being Picked: Pick Yourself by Seth Godin http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/03/reject-the-t...
Cage of the Mind - http://www.cstthegate.com/davetrott/2011/12/the-cage-of-the-...
5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep People Stuck, Unsuccessful, and Mediocre For Life: http://www.dumblittleman.com/2011/08/5-crippling-beliefs-tha...
Do It Now: http://www.stevepavlina.com/articles/do-it-now.htm
"The Stewart Method: How Not To Suck" -- http://www.shimweasel.com/2011/05/08/the-stewart-method-how-...
Chris Dixon's "Some lessons learned" -- http://cdixon.org/2011/09/28/some-lessons-learned
"Thrust, Drag and the 10x Effect" -- http://www.tempobook.com/2011/10/25/thrust-drag-and-the-10x-...
Terry pratchett speech about alzheimer
And of course, steve jobs speech at stanford. These three are speeches instead of posts, but I found them true inspiring.
The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307465357/ref=as_li_ss_tl?...
Quite litterally changed my whole perspective on just about everything!
He's awesome, insightful, and weird in an interesting way. A cross between "I messed up, so you don't have to", and "there are other ways to do things better than what most people think". Not saying that I agree with everything he says, nevertheless he keeps surprising me.
Men get very strong, when they sight something they can die for.
"The Crickets Have Arthritis"
I hope to thank Paul for this essay in person at some point in life. This is singularly most important thing I've read that helped me turn my life around.
find this strangely motivating