Posted by: davidsandusky | August 11, 2008

Make it an Absolutely Incredible Week For Someone – 8/11 Encouragement

Sports provide daily examples of hard work from athletes as well as encouragement from a supportive cast of family, teammates, coaches and friends.  Perhaps why sports analogies are so widely used in business context.  Focus. Vision. Practice. Mistakes. Competition. Leadership. Encouragement.  

With the 2008 Olympics well underway, we have been bombarded with personal stories of beating the odds.  What personal story has inspired you so far?  Is it 33 year old Oksana Chusovitina – the oldest competitive gymnast from Russia now competing for Germany because her son receives better treatment there for his leukemia.

Lezak swam a 46.06 anchor, the fastest in history and is the oldest swimmer on the U.S. men’s team, at age 32. 

41 year old and relatively new Mom, Dara Torres earning her tenth Olympic medal. 

Phelps relationship with his mom and quest for eight gold medals in 2008. 

There are so many personal stories…what inspires you?

What ever it is, I bet there is a theme of encouragement from family, teammates, coaches, friends and more that are mentioned during humbling interviews.  Important encouragement during a time of significant sacrifice at this point in the athlete’s career. 

Thing is, your colleagues in your career need encouragement during a presentation, interview or other development.  Encourage someone to beat the odds this week.

   “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” – Michelangelo


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