Do you love what you do?
The people who nail it usually do.
What struck me was that, win or lose, these are obviously winners with a mental toughness and an indomitable spirit.
The Olympic Spirit was brilliantly revived by Pierre de Coubertin. He would be proud of his accomplishments in displaying to the world the finer qualities of these marvelous athletes. To him it was more than just an athletic event; the development of the contestant’s moral character and turning boys into men (and girls into women) was his underlying purpose.
What makes you happy? What are you willing to sacrifice to get it?
Even if you were a gangly kid with too-big-ears who was made fun of when you were a child, there is nothing that can hold us back from our dreams if we really want it. Not age, not intelligence, not who we know, not what our friends or relatives think of us.
As Chris Gardner told his son Chris: “If you want somethin’ go get it”.
In the Good Book, there is an intriguing passage regarding the principle of momentum. If you are familiar with Mark 25:29, then you know the basis for the concept of “The rich get richer.” Along with imagination, this is one of the most important concepts for creating wealth.
Wallace Wattles, in one of his classic works, talks about the power of our gratitude as being one of the most important factors in getting more out of life. Who wants to give to someone who doesn’t appreciate what he already has? Even if we acquire more, we will just be in a new place, but still unhappy and never satisfied.
I guess Ara Abrahamian never learned this lesson, and certainly he would have some explaining to do to Pierre if he were still around.
When you see Dara’s winning smile, you know that she’s the real thing and her pursuit has been found; not in the victory but in the process of going after her dream and enjoying life to the fullest.
There are so many positive role models for us; let’s find ours and use their stories to inspire and motivate us to become who we were meant to be.
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