In the dead of winter, when it’s cold outside and everything’s covered with a thick layer of snow (or ice), it’s often hard to find inspiration to keep the creative fires burning. But this winter, we have the pleasure of enjoying the Olympic Winter Games. Watching these young men and women put forth their best efforts – after spending much of their lives preparing for the opportunity to compete on the world stage – can feed the soul.
Many of the athletes have posted “personal best” performances and quite a few Olympic records have been broken. To see the expressions of happiness on the athletes’ faces as they realize their achievements is awe-inspiring. You can’t help but celebrate vicariously with them. Conversely, there have been performances that fell below expectations, and the disappointment has been almost palpable.
While I’m pretty sure none of us has “whizzing down a snow-covered mountain or tube of ice at high rates of speed” or “spinning around a vast expanse of ice on thin metal blades” as a requirement in our job descriptions, we’ve all experienced the thrill of achieving a personal best of some manner in our careers, as well as the sting of trying hard, but just not quite getting there.
What would you consider to be your gold, silver or bronze medal-worthy achievements? Is there a near-miss that still rankles just a bit? Do you use the good and the not-so-good as inspiration as you go about your work? Tell us your story.