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: Sometimes the ultimate payoff comes after years and years of hard work, but it will be worth it!
Allyson Felix won the silver medal in women's 200m in 2008 and 2004, and at last, she won the gold in the event yesterday. In 2004, she was happy to make it to the podium, but in 2008, there was definitely disappointment when she didn't grab the gold. And now, four years later, she did it! Can you imagine how great that feels?
Eight years is a long time to wait for that sort of victory, and Felix waited even longer if you include her pre-Olympics career. As professionals, many of us also have goals that will take a long time and lots of hard work to achieve. Very few of us graduate from college one day and are CEO of a Fortune-500 firm the next. Many of our goals require years of experience and life-long learning opportunities to prepare us for the responsibilities associated with our ultimate career goals. It may take a long time to get to where you want to be, but remember that when you are finally there (and you will be there if you work hard!), the feelings of accomplishment will be worth the wait. Just ask Felix.
What career goals do you have that will take a long time to achieve?
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