Three words origin and purpose

The idea of selecting three words is an amazing tool. A few years back, Yann Hnautra spent significant time traveling in the United States teaching, but also trying to get a sense of what Art du Déplacement meant there, to those people practicing. Off to the side, at most of the events, someone (who was not Yann) took little cell phone videos where people were asked a series of questions. The idea was that he would be able to watch the videos to get a different viewpoint than he would when running events and training with people; Little moments of private candor as it were.

I was standing, being recorded, when I was introduced to this question. Something like, “how would you describe your practice in three words?” Honestly, I have no idea what I said—sometimes I think I should ask Yann to find my video, but I’m terrified to hear what I said even just those few years ago.

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055. Craig Constantine: Three words origin and purpose

055. Craig Constantine: Three words origin and purpose

 
 
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Craig discusses the origin story and inspiration behind the ‘3 words’ question that ends each Movers Mindset episode. He explains its purpose, and the unexpected power of the question as each guest brings their own history, story, and identity to their answer. Craig shares his own three words, before sharing his personal favorite answer from a guest.

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Team members’ side projects

Melissa: So we’ve mentioned side projects a couple of times. And I think side projects are really cool, and not something I’ve gotten to experience in any other kind of work situation. So credit to Craig for that, it’s basically allowing us to kind of and paying us to use our time to pursue something we’re interested in. And that could be adjacent to Movers Mindset and what we’re working on or it could not be, but it’s finding something that we’re passionate about, and kind of almost like a personal, yeah, professional or personal development, a growth project. So finding something that we care about that we want to pursue, that we’re being supported, kind of by Craig and the Movers Mindset project to do and to pursue, which is a really, really unique and awesome opportunity, I think.

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On challenge and making mistakes

Craig: So I tell everybody, and I hope everybody out there gets this from wherever you work with. If you’re not making mistakes, like regularly, like maybe you want to 5, 20% of the time, if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not like, what are you doing, you could be replaced by a program, if you can, if you’re doing it perfectly all the time, you’re not being challenged, you’re not growing, you should always be having things that are challenging you or problems you have to solve.

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On creating connection and starting conversations

Craig: Glad you brought that up, because that’s one of the main things about the Movers Mindset project as a whole that I’m really passionate about is creating these connections between people, the idea that everybody would love to have not just friends, like, “I want someone to go have an ice cream or a beer with,” but like to actually have a chance to sit down and talk about things and explore fun ideas. And I think a lot of people don’t have a space to find that online. So they might go to Facebook, or they might go to the social media. But it’s kind of tricky if you find a Facebook or a social media page that you really like, it’s tough, like you can’t really like interact with the storror guys too much, it’s really hard to like, get a one on one relationship with somebody.

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050. Movers Mindset Team: Full transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset Podcast, where today, we’re doing something a little different. In our special 50th episode, I’m joined by some of the Movers Mindset team, Kristen Swantek, Miguel Chero and Melissa Way. We discuss what each of us does, how our roles fit together, and how far we’ve come as a team. We explain working remotely, the freedoms and challenges that come with it, and some of the strategies we use to make it work. We each share our favorite episodes, things we’ve learned and what each of us finds to be special about the project.

Craig: Hello, I’m Craig Constantine.

Kristen Swantek: Hello, I’m Kristen Swantek.

Melissa Way: Hi, I’m Melissa Way.

Miguel Chero: Hi, I am Miguel Chero.

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050. Movers Mindset Team: Roles, remote work, and passion

050. Movers Mindset Team: Roles, remote work, and passion

 
 
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In our special 50th episode, the Movers Mindset team gets together to discuss what we do, and how far we’ve come. Each team member explains what they do in the team, and how all of our roles fit together. We talk about working remotely, the freedoms and challenges that come with it, and some of the strategies we use to help with that. The team discusses favorite episodes, things we’ve learned, and what each of us has found to be very special about the project.

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043. Craig Constantine: Philosophy, value, and mastery

043. Craig Constantine: Philosophy, value, and mastery

 
 
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Craig unpacks the philosophical motivations behind the podcast, discussing movement as an intellectual path, going beyond the physical. He delves into the importance of learning from experts, pushing human potential, and pursuing mastery. Craig explains his goal of fostering discussion and sharing ideas, and invites listeners to join in that goal. 

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Extraordinary Movement

When we move through the world we can move in an ordinary or an extraordinary way. Ordinary movement is easy; it follows established paths; and it is boring. Extraordinary movement requires excellence, knowledge, and independence. When I talk about movement, I am talking about extraordinary movement because it is much more interesting. Movement—whether that is Parkour, ADD, Freerunning—is a celebration of freedom in the context of an unforgiving reality that cannot be ignored. The philosopher Ayn Rand warned, “We can ignore reality but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” John Locke observed, “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” And Aristotle explained, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.

These ideas form the foundation of movement: pay attention to reality, learn as much as you can and practice. With parkour as with just about everything in this world, the true beauty of the practice can be appreciated fully only by taking a deeper dive into it. This means we have to understand not just the physical aspects of movement but the mental and philosophical basis for movement.

As a mastery discipline—something that can be practiced for a lifetime with continued improvement—movement focuses more on the journey than the destination. Understanding the values, interests, and challenges in the minds of the best practitioners is the best way of showing the path of movement in a meaningful and accessible way. Our podcast, with its audio format and transcripts, naturally emphasizes the mental and psychological aspects of movement

The podcast brings out the more intellectual elements of movement. My goal is to emphasize the value that movement and movers create and develop through their practice. In pushing the limits of human potential, movers demonstrate objectively that such achievements are possible. Since the physical aspects of practice can be directly observed through images and videos, the visible part is already well covered. But I believe the mental aspect is where the real magic happens, and it is less well covered because it is not spectacular. A flashy video will grab your attention, excite you and even get you to try some new things, but to get really good at movement you need a deeper understanding.

When you listen to the podcasts, I hope you will notice a distinct difference in our approach. Our goal is always to show the guest in the best possible light. We aim to illuminate and showcase their values, ideas, and principles in a way that makes them accessible and relevant to the listener while showing the proper respect for their achievements. Each interview is a collaborative effort with the guest. Our shared goal is to clearly communicate ideas that will be useful to each listener in the context of their personal journey of exploration.

Yogi, martial artists and chess masters often describe how much they learned about life from in-depth practice and mastery in their disciplines. We hear similar sentiments from musicians, sculptors, painters, hunters, and chefs. Movement as a mastery discipline is no different. A big part of its value comes from the lessons it teaches us about life and reality. Knowing your own strengths and limitations is critical. Reality is unforgiving. Physics always works and is important. You cannot fake competence. Courage is required to overcome self-imposed limitations. The list of lessons is limited only by our ability to think and to understand movement.

I am passionate about creating and promoting rational discussion. Describing and illuminating the ideas behind extraordinary movement and human exceptionalism can help us all to improve our experience and appreciate the richness and beauty of life. So, in that spirit, I invite your questions and comments.

(This was a presentation I gave at Gerlev International Gathering in 2018.)

025. Craig Constantine: Full transcript

Speaker 1: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast. These are the public episodes, but do you want to hear more? Become an insider for access to extended guest conversations, follow-up episodes with your questions, and other deep dives. Visit moversmindset.com/insiders. Thanks for listening.

Kristen: Hello, I’m Kristen Swantek.

Craig: And I’m Craig Constantine.

Kristen: And this is Movers Mindset. [00:00:30] This week, you might notice the episode is a little different. I’m sitting down to interview Craig. You know him as the host of the podcast, but Craig is also the mastermind behind the scenes. We’re talking everything Movers Mindset, how it started, where it’s going, and what the vision is. In a reversal of roles, welcome, Craig.

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