5 Things I Learned From Watching The Olympics

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When the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics drew to a close on Sunday it made me think about all of the wonderful things that watching the Olympics has taught me over the years.

Here are 5 of those things.

1. Gold medals are not won on competition day – Gold medals are won in the preparation in the weeks, months and years leading up to the Olympics. Countless hours of hard work and preparation go into every athletes performance. The performance of a lifetime may only last a few seconds, but the preparation for that performance started long before it ever took place.

Start working towards your goals now. You won’t be able to win the competition if you can’t even qualify. Work hard, get better and repeat.

2. You win or lose by fractions – The difference between first and second or even first and last is sometimes only a fraction of a second or a fraction of an inch. The reason that these elite athletes are in the position that they are is because they are able to manage those fractions and able to move those fractions in their favor.

The fractions of a second or fractions of an inch in life add up to be inches and minutes. Inches and minutes add up to be feet and hours and you get where I’m going with this.

3. Relish the big moments – With the Olympics only taking place every four years you don’t know if you will get another chance at them. Whether it’s from the top of the podium or from the bottom of the scoreboard you’ve accomplished something most only ever dream of. Take some time to take it all in.

Relish the big moments in your day to day life as well. The victories and the defeats. Something of value will come from every big moment.

4. What a biathlete is – Turns out it’s not an athlete that likes both genders. A biathlete takes part in a biathlon which in the winter Olympics involves cross country skiers stopping to shoot riffles. Ridiculous, but it’s actually a thing.

5. Be Exclusive – How cool of an idea was it for Molson Canadian to put a beer fridge in that could only be opened by scanning your Canadian passport? They probably have a lot of marketing data on individuals on the Canadian Olympic team, but it was worth it.

It should be exclusive to get into your life. You should hold the bar high and know exactly what you’re looking for.

What have you learned from watching the Olympics?


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