Learning from Athletes

I watched this year’s Olympics on TV and I couldn’t help think about the line from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Yusra Mardini answered the call to greatness while fleeing Syria, she pulled a boat full of people to safety. As a world, we witnessed one of the biggest celebrations of human spirit, from that stage we have learned a lot from each other.

With determination and hard work, anything is possible. Just as everything else, no one can do the work for you. From my own athletic experience, mental and physical preparation is equally important. Both Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt went to their first Olympics and left empty handed. However it didn’t stop them, they have worked hard to dominate their respective sports. I think both athletes personify Adidas’ moto, “Impossible is nothing.”

No one succeeds alone. The road to success is paved with adversity and heartache. That’s why everyone needs cheering section. P&G’s “Thank you Mom” campaign illustrates this beautiful. But support and encouragement can come from unlikely places, just ask Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino. After falling in the Women’s 5,000 meters, they helped each other up and pushed each other to finish the race despite injury. There is enough negativity in the world; I challenge you to join someone else’s cheering section.

track-492216_1280Facing personal adversity. Rather than complaining about being blind to the field,Wayde van Niekerk put his head down and ran his race. Because of his attitude, he is the first to win gold and set a world record out of lane eight. Mo Farah could have stayed on the ground after falling in the Men’s 10,000 meters. Instead he quickly picked himself up and started running, he won gold. I have learned that no matter what, putting my best foot forward is always the best response, even if it don’t always work out.

What did you learn from the Olympic games?

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