I don’t know about you, but there’s something about watching the Olympics that really ignites a passion in me. Whether you are an armchair quarterback, a weekend warrior, a die hard athlete, or just a regular “Joe”, there is many a lesson to be learned from Olympians, for sports and for life! Here are my tops!
Wilma Rudolph, born premature and suffered from polio during childhood- that didn’t stop her from being the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in a single Olympic Games, earning the nickname “The fastest woman on Earth” (1960 Games).
The lesson? Let your desire to overcome obstacles win out over your fears.
Jesse Owens, Berlin Games: In front of a stadium full of people giving the “Heil Hitler” sign, and right in front of Hitler, himself, despite segregation, poverty and racism, shocked the world and won 4 gold medals (1936 Games).
The lesson? Don’t worry about the “haters” – just do your thing!
Jeneba Tarmoh quit when she felt a rule was unfair. Jordyn Wieber was hit by an unfair rule, and didn’t quit. Today ONE of them has a gold medal (2012 Games).
The lesson? Compete to win.
Florence Griffith Joiner, aka “Flo Jo” – this multi-talented athlete, innovative fitness fashion icon, business woman and mother paved the way for track and field athletes today, winning 3 gold and 2 silver medals in her career. The all around “glam girl” from South Central LA could back it up with her performance, and still holds records for the 100m and 200m, and is called “The fastest woman of all time” (1988 Games).
The lesson? Be yourself and go for it all!
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennigs: The duo continue to redefine Olympic Beach Volleyball with their stunning performances. After taking 4th at the 2000 Games, then the gold medal in 2004, they repeated for another gold in 2008, defeating #1 seed China. They have not lost a set in the last two Olympics. After first and second round wins this week at the London 2012 Games, Misty and Kerri have gone 30 consecutive sets without a loss.
The lesson? A strong work ethic will take you places you never dreamed of.
And of course, there’s Michael Phelps and the “Dream Team”…
The moral of the story:
Find your PASSION,
do the WORK,
don’t give up, and
ignore the people who distract you from
BELIEVING YOU CAN SUCCEED!