What is lane 8’s mission statement?

To serve others, and in doing so, enlist their help to find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Mission is, To Do.

At Disney, I’ve been taught to understand that a mission statement is what you must do, to make your vision a reality.

A vision, on the other hand, is To Be.  What you want your organization, or what you want yourself, to be.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


What is the vision at lane 8?

humble servant

Humble servant?  Yes.  humble servant

To help others do the right things, and in doing so, help make the world a better place, before my time is up.

Throughout my 25 years as a Disney leader, I’ve been taught to understand that the purpose of vision is to set the course for what you want yourself, or your organization, To Be.

A vision is lofty, hard to articulate, and you may never explain it the same way twice.  It may even be, unachievable.

At www.lane8.org , the challenge is:  Dream Big.  Get There.  Stay There.

May I please challenge you to do something GREAT?

Make your vision something impossible.

I worry about setting the bar too low, achieving it, and then wondering what I could have, should have, or would have done.  If only I had dreamt a bigger dream.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

Dream Big. Get There. Stay There

Dream Big.  Get There.  Stay There.

I would like to make the world a better place before I die.

What do you want to do before you die?

If you can’t provide an immediate answer, then think of the wonderful opportunity you have before you.

How cool is that?

If this sort of thing repulses you, no worries.  Diversity is what makes the world so beautiful.

I’ll miss you if you never return to this site.  Wishing you Peace in your Soul, Joy in your Spirirt, and Love in your Heart.

Good luck with your dreams.  Please try to make the world a better place.

As Gandhi said, “You must become the change you wish to see in the world.”

I’m changing.

It’s hard.  Sometimes confusing.  Sometimes frustrating.  Sometimes, it’s so overwhelmingly joyful, that I don’t think I’m worthy.

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

Hello world!

Welcome to Lane 8.org.

Which would you rather be:

The slowest of the fastest? Or, the fastest of the slowest?

In most competitions, lane 8 is generally considered the “slow” lane. The fastest are in the center lanes and slower people beside them until you get to the outside lane. Lane 8 is definitely reserved for the slowest competitor.

Why tell you all that?

Great question.

Because, life is about choices.

I believe we all have a very basic choice in life.

To be all we can be.

Or, to not be all we can be.

That is the question…….(Shakespere, where art thou?)

While the question is basic, the answer is one we struggle with our entire lives. Well, if not all our lives, at least until the point where we give up, and settle for “defeat”. I can’t imagine not wanting to be the victor over evil, over hate, over poverty, over indifference, over greed, over temptation, and so on.

Can you?

So here’s the deal, I’m settling for lane 8. Yep, I’ll be content with the slow lane.


No. Read on.

There’s one important caveat:

Lane 8 in the Finals. At the Master’s World Championships. In Finland. In August. In 2009!

You see, I’m a master’s (30 and older) runner, but unlike most runners, distance is not the name of the game. Speed is.

What’s crazy about this is my race is over after one lap.

A world-class runner (Men 50-54 years age-group) can run 400 meters somewhere around 55 seconds. The All-American standard of excellence is 57.5 seconds.

You know what’s even crazier? I’ll have to tell you later. Gotta go for a run.

Dream Big. Get There. Stay There.