Thursday, January 15, 2009

Go for the Gold!

Olympic contenders have much to teach us about navigating the recession. 
It’s an ATTITUDE + INTELLECT = SUCCESS sort of equation.

Our company recently held its annual sales awards luncheon that featured a panel of local Olympians. We were inspired by:

Jim Murray
Luge - '68 @ Grenoble, '72 @ Sapporo, '76 @ Innsbruck
Chairs NC Society of Olympians
Pinehurst realtor

Nadine Faustin-Parker
Hurdles (competing for Haiti) '00 @ Sydney, '04 @ Athens, '08 @ Beijing
UNC's director of track and field operations/admin

Karen Shelton
Field Hockey - '84 @ LA
UNC's head women’s field hockey coach

                                               (from left: Murray, Faustin-Parker, Shelton)

Karen says successful people have a passion for what they do.

Quoting Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.”

“Train your attitude…view challenges as opportunities...push yourself…Bring it on!”

Nadine suffered a stress fracture training for the Beijing games.

“I had to sit out and not train…watch my competitors get better…but I kept pushing and fighting…whatever I could do to stay in shape.”

“Be in the moment…don’t let other people discourage you…never give up.”

Still, it takes more than emotion and force of will. You must be resourceful:

Jim says you have to find a way around your challenges. Look for a new approach.

Regarding the economy: “There’s a big barrier out there, but everybody else has that problem, too. Find a different way to do things. Don’t think this is the way we’ve always done it."

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Thanks to my co-worker Andrea Osborne for sharing the photo and her notes.