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What Does it Take to Achieve the Unthinkable? Insights from Conquering 5 Trails in 5 Days!

Exactly a year ago, I embarked on an extraordinary challenge: running the HK5Trails, covering a daunting 398km and ascending over 19,500 meters in just five days across the stunning landscapes of Hong Kong. What started as a personal journey of pushing physical limits soon transformed into a profound learning experience, teaching me invaluable lessons applicable to endurance running, life, and business. The incredible journey didn't just change my life; it became a catalyst for positive change for disabled individuals. Together, we raised over 1 million HKD, empowering countless lives and illustrating the transformative power of determination.

Now, I want to share these experiences to inspire positive change in your personal life and help make your business a resounding success.

1. It's Never Too Late to Start:

At 50 years old, I realized that age is just a number, and there's no expiration date on pursuing your dreams. Instead of dwelling on past regrets or missed opportunities, embrace the present moment and recognize the vast potential that lies ahead. With each passing year comes wisdom and experience, laying the foundation for future success.

"As long as you have the drive and determination, the possibilities are endless."

2. The Power of Preparation:

Success doesn't happen by chance; it's the result of meticulous planning and relentless preparation. Just as I dedicated countless hours to training for the HK5Trails, the same level of commitment is required in business. Whether it's honing your skills, expanding your network, or refining your strategies, consistent effort and perseverance are essential for achieving your objectives.

"Embrace the daily grind, knowing that each step brings you closer to your goals."

3. Mind and Body Alignment:

Maintaining peak performance requires more than physical fitness; it's about nurturing a harmonious balance between mind and body. Just as I prioritized strength training, yoga, and mental conditioning alongside my running regimen, prioritize self-care and holistic well-being in your professional journey.

"Invest in activities that rejuvenate your spirit and enhance your resilience, ensuring you are equipped to tackle any challenge that comes your way."

4. Adaptability in Adversity:

Life is unpredictable, and obstacles are inevitable. However, it's not the challenges themselves but our response to them that defines our success. During the gruelling HK5 Trails, I encountered numerous setbacks and unforeseen obstacles, yet I persisted with unwavering determination. Whether it's navigating a difficult trail or overcoming a business setback, remain adaptable and resilient in the face of adversity.

"Embrace change as an opportunity for growth, knowing that every setback is a stepping stone to success."

5. Consistency Breeds Results:

In both running and business, consistency is the key to sustainable success. Just as sporadic gym sessions won't yield the desired results, sporadic efforts in your professional endeavours will fall short of your aspirations. Instead, commit to a disciplined routine and cultivate habits that propel you towards your goals.

"Whether it's daily training runs or consistent networking and marketing efforts, stay the course and trust in the power of consistency to drive meaningful outcomes."

Fitness, Weight Loss, a Clear Mind and Better Health!

Ready to Embrace Change and Achieve the Extraordinary?

As I reflect on my transformative journey of conquering the HK5Trails, I'm reminded of the profound parallels between endurance running and life itself. Each step, each challenge, and each victory has shaped me into the person I am today—an individual fueled by resilience, determination, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. May my experiences serve as a source of inspiration and empowerment, guiding you on your path to greatness.

If you'd like to delve deeper into my experiences or seek guidance on your journey, I invite you to reach out. Whether it's over a cup of coffee or through motivational talks and team-building sessions, I'm here to support you in unlocking your full potential and achieving your goals.

"Remember, the journey is not about reaching the destination but embracing the lessons learned along the way."


Jo Lodder is a trail runner, business leader, and philanthropist. He's the co-founder of JNW Asia, a property marketing company based in Hong Kong focused on Niseko projects, and a master agent of SnowDog, a hospitality brand. He also became the first person in history to complete the HK5Trails in Hong Kong with the Run for Freedom challenge to raise money for charity.

With a passion for helping others and a drive for success, Jo inspires through his love of adventure and entrepreneurship.

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