OLYMPICS, FAILURE AND RYAN LOCHTE

Published on August 2, 2012 by in Excel | General

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I’vwe been watching the Olympics sporadically over the last week or so. The big battle has been in the pool amongst the swimmers. Now I have to say I’m no swimmer. I didn’t learn as a child and while I did try it again, my instructor – try as she did – was unable to get me to unloosen my death grip of the side rail so that I could – you know – actually swim…

But one comment by Ryan Lochte really struck a chord. This is a man who gets paid a million dollars for every medal he wins at these Olympics. His motto is “Go big or go home” but when asked about failure, he shrugged his shoulders and said “I’m still me”.

And I thought how powerful would that be as a motto when we take on something new – to know that no matter how it turns out, YOU are still YOU. And how that would sustain in the beginning when what we create, paint, draw, do in Excel is miles short of what we strive for…

Here is a wonderful piece about that…

 

http://writerunderground.com/2011/04/28/ira-glass-on-creativity-or-the-gap-between-our-taste-and-our-work/

 

Enjoy and keep striving….

 

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