Olympic Lessons for the Workplace
Each day during the Olympics, I’ll post a nugget relating a value of sportsmanship and the Olympics to your professional life.
Today’s Olympic Nugget: Be glad the world isn't judging your professional performance!
I just checked the results of the women's Marathon. The top two Americans finished 10th and 11th. My heart fell. Then I realized how unfair I was to those two amazing athletes! Shalane Flanagan finished 26.2 frickin' miles in just under 2 hours and 26 minutes. That is about how long it took me to run 15 miles this morning, and my marathon goal is to break 4 hours someday soon. I have no business being disappointed in those world-class athletes who just did an amazing job representing the USA!
Not only am I very glad that no one is counting on me to represent my country in athletics, I'm also glad that my career ambitions don't involve doing something amazing on such a public stage that involves a narrow definition of "success" and harsh judgement from lots of people I'll never know! For many of us, our goals are on a much smaller scale. This doesn't mean they are any less, but it's nice to remember the benefits of the smaller stage when we see others being judged for their choices or performances on national and world stages.
Other things related to my small stage career for which I am grateful:
The world will not weigh in on my work/life balance choices once I have children.
I'll never feel bad for not being the best person in my profession.
My success is measured against myself, not others.
What are you grateful for? How does a small stage career work for you?
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