The idea to write ultratop5.com struck me on the 17th of April, 2020 (in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown) and my mind couldn’t let go of the idea. I set up the domain and website in about 24 hours and even churned out a few dozen article ideas related to running, nutrition, running stories, life storiesand some 25 different blog topics in a record time of 5 continuous hours. I promised myself to develop this idea further and continue to refine it to make it worthy of the… incidental whim this idea was. – Coach Kay

My sincere appreciation to all the selfless individuals at the front-line fighting Coronavirus. I hold serious respect for everyone including the doctors, nurses & police who are willing to put their lives on the line to make our lives better every single day.

I think the Coronavirus crisis has been an unusually special time for me because it’s allowed for a couple of decidedly interesting experiences. Being forced to stay at home 24/7 for nearly a month not only lets me explore the nooks and crannies of my house, but also myself and my thoughts.

As someone who has been creating content online for quite a long time, I’ve learned that a lot of people don’t have a lot of time to read long and tedious posts. While the feeling of writing long, elaborate articles on my experiences and learning do feel fulfilling and enjoyable, reaching out to people with brief and concise articles is a different experience altogether.

ultratop5.com is my initiative towards bringing in a different structure for learning new things and expanding one’s interests. The blogs you will come to read on this website are intended to help you learn the UltraTop5 things about various topics in a very short time, and will give you the space to explore the said things in greater detail upon your desire.

Back in 2008, I undertook a psychometry test called the Clifton Strengths Finder (Transform Great Potential Into Greater Performance) and the results showed me 5 of the strongest or dominant skills I possessed. Learning them brought some structure to my view of my learning areas and where I had to focus on developing myself – I understood the importance of working with my strengths instead of chasing my weaknesses.

Achiever, Responsible, Maximizer, Strategic and Learner

Coach Kay
Captured during one of my Be Safe! Be there to Save campaign!

The contents in ultratop5.com represent the finer and major aspects of my learnings from various subjects that excite me. It’s a result of (as of April ’20) 46 years of living the life of an energetic and curious life-long student, teenager, colleague, father, husband, brother, runner, athlete, competency manager, leader, friend, runner, product engineer, education specialist, delivery manager, trainer, consultant, architect, ultramarathoner, running coach, personal trainer, soft skills trainer, volunteer, motivator, mentor, first-responder, good samaritan, race director…. and, of course, now a creative writer.

You could be wondering… how can I learn or know everything about a topic if I only read the ultra top 5 aspects of that topic? The answer, incidentally, lies within yourself. The intent of this project isn’t wholly to teach; rather, it’s to help stoke one’s curiosity and eagerness to learn more.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

George Eliot

The Ultra Top 5 inspirations for choosing “UltraTop5”

  1. Only dominant strengths matter, in the long run: Clifton’s test helped me focus on only 5 out of the 30 dominant skills I possessed. Again, while my mental image of myself did change quite drastically (for the better), I naturally didn’t restrict myself from exploring my other strengths and skills too.
  2. 5 is inherently an interesting number: The world is made of 5 elements. Panchatantra has 5 parts based on five principles (‘Mitra Bhedha’ (Loss of Friends), ‘Mitra Laabha’ (Gaining Friends), ‘Suhrudbheda’ (Causing discord between Friends), ‘Vigraha’ (Separation) and ‘Sandhi’ (Union))
  3. I have a short attention span: You should have noticed the fact that so many children only an attention span of 5 minutes! I’ll be honest – personally, even today I lose interest in unfamiliar and new topics if it’s too long and wearying to understand. I believe that deconstructing new and possibly complex topics into five points would – quite evidently – help me better enjoy the experience of learning or relearning something.
  4. We counted with our fingers since we were kids. As children, we learned to count only with 5 fingers. However, as we and the world around us matured (in our view, of course), bigger numbers and bigger concepts, however, started coming to the forefront. Going back to our roots by learning concepts in a simple manner, I believe ultra top 5 things can incite greater curiosity and intrigue. Of course, it is up to the reader to take their learning to the next level by further digging into what they learned.
  5. Learn 5 things in 5 minutes: Building on my previous point, why should our approach to learning change when we grow up? Can you learn 5 things in 5 mins? Anyways, ultratop5.com will present the Ultra Top 5 things about my favorite topics and hope that would of interest to you too. All the blogs will respect this aspect and also will have links to additional external references or advanced topics for further reading.
We use our fingers to count and research found a deep connection with counting and cognitive skills

To begin with, the ultratop5.com will focus on one of my favorite topics of discussion – running. I’ll also be presenting only the Ultra Top 5 aspects of some of my long posts already published in other places. There is, of course, a load of work-in-progress topics, specifically in the areas of strength & fitness, first-aid / safety, nutrition, personal development, motivation, and personal opinions.

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