February 16, 2014
I’m referring to the US-Russia hockey match yesterday.
I was in the barber’s chair and asked “the man” to holster his scissors so I could focus on the shootout.
Eight (8) innings of a shoot out after a scoreless overtime period … after a Russian 3rd victory goal was eliminated due to an equpiment malfunction. Entertainment at its best.
So what? In my mind there was no loser. One team just managed one more net-seeking missile before the woman’s downhill took to the TV screen. Sometimes, somebody just has to lose, and it has nothing to do with talent, skill or the color of your uniform.
The ONLY thing that took away from this experience for me was the fact that these guys were not amateurs … but an ice rink full of NHL professionals skating during an off-day.
(The boys back in 1980 were just that … boys.)
In any event, I had to share this very cool example with you that sometimes, you will just seem to lose regardless of your skill, talent or follow through. The secret is knowing that any one loss will not negatively affect your next challenge.
For sure, both teams will be back to skate another day. I am sure there is more excitement coming our way in the days to come. I am hoping for a USA-Russian match for the Gold.
Treat yourself to a great Sunday. For me, I am heading for The Miami Boat Show.
PS. In case you missed today’s message: Some days you will be the windshield. Some days you will be the bug.
February 13, 2014
During the Nagano Winter Olympics eight years ago I analyzed the times in the downhkll ski race and arrived at what came to be known as the Rule of 1.6%.
Eight years later my rule has once again been validated.
In the woman’s downhill the time differential from first place to tenth place was less than 1.6% in a race that took a minute and 40 seconds. Think about that. Think hard about that. A race down a mountain that takes just under 2 minutes has a 1.6% differential between first place (Gold) and tenth place (who was that skier?) There is more evidence.
Switching over to the ice, Shani David missed his opportunity to win his third Gold Medal in as many Olympics. He missed by .73 seconds. I said Point Seven Three. He skated 1000 meters and was less than one second behind the Gold Medal Winner. Shani Davis came in eight. 1,2,3,4,,5,6,7,….. eigth. (Incredible!) I could go on.
Message: It does not take much to distance yourself from the competition in the Olympics … or in your business. Find ways that you can be just a little bit faster, better, more valuable to your client. Honestly, it doesn’t take much.
February 13, 2014
I was watching the Olympic Ice Skating Woman’s Short Program the other night when it dawned on me. As pretty as these ladies skated, and as perfect each jump appeared, I realized that this did not all come about by accident.
Prior to prime time coverage of this event there were countless hours of grueling, boring, repetitive, painful, joyless skating in empty ice rinks somewhere just south of who knows where. Day after day … week after week … month after month … and year after year the practice sessions were scheduled and implemented with one destination in mind … for one minute. They skate their routines over and over and over again until they probably want to become sick … and tired.
These athletes have paid an exorbitant price for the privledge of representing you and me in Russia. And win or lose each and everyone has become my role model.
Message: Are you paying the price and doing what needs doing (over and over and over) again to reach your destination? Are you practicing enough? Do you really want to achieve your definition of success? Really? If yes, guess what time it is? It is time to practice.
February 13, 2014
At yesterday’s meetng I highlighted Olympic Speed Skater Shani Davis and announced that I would be keeping an eye on him during his Wednesday race. Shani was coming off a loss in a short race. His strengths were the two upcoming long races … the 1000 and 1500. Shani was looking for his 3rd Gold in three Olympics. He was the favorite.
On your marks. Get ready. Bang!
Off Shani flew only to finish a disappointing 8th. The race favorite finished 8th.
As I mentioned during yesterday’s session, life does not play by any rules. The simple fact that the weatherman says it is going to rain does not mean it is going to rain. The favored horse does not automaically win the race. Shani was a lock for gold … or was he?
You want more? Google Shaun White the snow boarder. Julia Mancuso the downhill skier.
Message? You CAN’T win if you don’t play. You won’t always win if you do. If you love the action, you will both show up and play. And when the stars are aligned and you practice your buns off, you will win … sometimes.
PS. I have two more Olympic-based stories for you. Stay tuned. Figure Skating and my Rule of 1.6%.
Both will be worth your time. Be on the lookout for them.
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