If you do not have a television or access to the news in any form, you may not know that we're in the middle of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
I like them a great deal more than I thought I would, it turns out.
Folks, I am not an athlete. These athletes are amazing. They are the best in the world, right? They're all really strong, all focused on winning, and they are amazing.
It got me thinking. The Olympic Games are not at all like the real world. But athletes are really impressive. We could learn something from these people.
Here are a Few Things I Observed about Olympic Athletes:
- Athletes are not special. The only difference between athletes and people who sit at desks all day is drive. Talent, sure, but these are mostly people who have worked on their sport since they were six.
- To get to the Olympics, you have to be the best whatever (skeet shooter, for example).
- Athletes obsess.
- Athletes work every single day toward their goals.
- Most don't win. But even the losers are happy they tried. Being the 8th best 100 meter backstroke woman on Earth is still rather impressive.
Well, that sounds an awful lot like people who are trying to change their finances for the better. Our goals may be different (I don't even know how to tread water, let alone water polo!) but if we keep trying, we will get to the goal.
Will I be the first person ever to pay off my student loans? Heavens no.
Will I be the richest woman in the world? Seems unlikely.
Will working hard every day toward my goal of financial independence make me close? Absolutely.
Most importantly, the athletes in the Olympics inspire activity. They didn't get to be where they are by sitting on the couch watching the Olympics on TV. So, get off the couch. Go do something. Set ridiculous goals. Get close to them.