Sometimes, though, there's a glitch in this system when healthy competition turns in to self-promotion. Growing up in a house with older brothers, I've inherited a tendency towards competitiveness. This can be not good, obviously. But it can be awesome if I steer it in the right direction. Luckily, I also have a tendency to become fanatical about things I love that I believe can have benefit for others and promote it like crazy. I'm declaring now to be a promoter instead of a competitor. Well I still want to compete in stuff, but you know what I mean.
These people/org are worth checking out- they'll inspire you.
Anne Jackson- flowerdust.net
Don Miller- donmilleris.com
Bob Goff- bobgoff.com
Marijke Jane- marijkejane.wordpress.com
Venture Expeditions- ventureexpeditions.ning.com
check out the blogs of the adventurers/cyclists on their site
Beth & Brian Woods- brianandbethwoods.theworldrace.org