Elite pole vaulter Austin Miller reviews Make the Leap

I just received my favorite review of Make the Leap. And it didn't even come from a runner, but a genuine leaper!

Elite pole vaulter Austin Miller recently posted about Make the Leap on Instagram and Facebook. When I sat down to write the book, this was the review that I deep down wanted to get, but by no means expected.

Austin - if you read this, thank you! I can't wait to see you make your next leap! (Pun intended!)

Austin's review:

What are you reading lately?

I've never been one to read for pleasure, so this year I made it my goal to change that (growth never happened without a little discomfort right?). I figured I just needed to find the right books that hit home with me, and this book, 'Make The Leap' @maketheleapbook, was the first domino to set me toward my new love of reading.

Written from the perspective of a former high level track athlete, it not only dissects what it takes to reach the outer most limits of physical potential, but professional and personal potential. How you position all the different pieces of your life in the short term and long term can have such a dramatic effect on what we're capable of achieving.

While it was a pleasant reassurance to recognize a few of the positive patterns I've developed in life and training mentioned in this book, it also helped to identify some major areas in my life that could use some adjusting, areas that I'm happy to say are currently being addressed head on.

I share this: 1. To provide a source of information to everyone who has reached out asking how one can progress from a seemingly meager starting point to achieving a lofty goal (and this transcends athletics into any field of focus);

2. To hold myself accountable to stay on this new found love of literature;

3. To continue sharing things/people/experiences that have had a real effect on me as human. Give credit where credit is due and all that. If something has helped me grow, maybe it can help someone else to grow ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . And at the end of the day inspiring growth in others is what it's all about.

Long story short, if you're trying to pursue a goal in any field in life but seem to be stuck or stagnant, give 'Make The Leap' a read.

But wait...there's more...

But there's a twist. Austin received the book from his mom, who heard about it via a Facebook group where my mom posted about it. It turns out, our moms are cousins, but because they lived on opposite ends of the US, I'm not sure they ever met.

She didn't know much about me, and I didn't even know I had a cousin, let alone a cousin who is an elite pole vaulter. She bought the book and gave it to him, and a couple months later she connected us. 

I reached out to Austin and we had a chat over text, and then a phone call. Austin is not only a competitive pole vaulter, qualifying for the final at the recent US Olympic Trials, he's also a coach at a local university.

I never expected writing a book would introduce me to family I didn't know I had!

After our text exchange I reached out to Austin again because I loved one of his messages. He agreed to let me post it. I love that my chapter on the Lazy Default resonated with him. Perhaps it will resonate with you, too!

Praise for Make the Leap by Austin Miller

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