Olympian Spirit ActiveRain Challenge here in Katy TX
ActiveRain August Challenge is to discuss the Olympian Spirit and how it applies to each of us. The Olympics are over today as iis this Challenge. I thought about this post and wrote it in my head but never took the time to just write it.
I think I have to start with what I think constitutes the Olympian Spirit and then cover how it applies to me and my life.
The research I did found a man named Pierre de Coubertin invented the modern Pentathlon and he intended the sport to be educational. The olympic Charter established by de Coubertin states “ The practice of sport is a human right”. Everyone should be able to play sport with discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic Spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play”.
Pierre was definitely an educator and he wished that sport would contribute to a better and peaceful world. We all still hope for a peaceful world.
The Olympic Spirit encompass so many traits that each and every one of these athletes embrace and make it part of their individual lifestyles. These athletes show unbelievable dedication. Hard work comes with the territory. They all have failed along the way but learned from their failure(s). Each athlete has a desire to excel and willingness to sacrifice to be able to excel and be one of the best. The journey is usually a long one and takes a special person to beat all the odds which are against their success. These folks always take the time to learn new things and educate themselves on the newest technology in their field of competition.
The Olympic Spirit also encompasses a support group for each of these superb athletes. This entails that their families and or friends make the journey with them and assist along the way. These supporters also make large sacrifices to assist these competitors.
I have always had a very competitive spirit from all the sports I played along the way. Hard work is in my own DNA and my wife has to constantly tell me to take it easy and enjoy life. Many years ago I take the challenge to become a computer auditor. This does not sound like much now but back then the Company I worked for was the creator of computer auditing. Computer Auditing mission was to audit through the computer and not around it. This was a huge step and the first auditing major or minor firm to embrace this concept.
I applied to become one of the first regular auditors to be trained as a computer auditor. I knew this would be a stiff challenge and a lot of long and hard work. I speculated that computers were where the future direction of the business world and the entire world was going. This was back in the mid 1970’s and no one even thought what we now take for granted would become reality. I had no computer background and we had to learn things such as programming, job control, how to handle disk drives and tape drives, how to run the computer console and the list went on and on. Mt Olympic Spirit was fully present by taking this course.
During the late 1970’s I got a job with Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh. I was and a friend of mine were the only people Gulf had taken with financial experience before joining the company. The usual course was to hire financial professionals right out of school and teach them the Gulf Way. we both got hired as we had the spirit of working hard and being the best professional we could be.
The Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer had adopted the Slogan back then of “Going for the Gold’ just like olympic athletes do during their careers. Those of us who adopted this work slogan and practiced doing whatever it took to get the job done in an efficient, timely, team effort and in a company benefit first mentally got promoted and were rewarded. The above slogan embraced all the traits I previously mentioned.
My Real Estate career has me following all the traits and spirit an Olympian follows when it comes to handling the business of my clients. Where i have fallen down is I do not take or have the time to promote me and my abilities to the public. Unfortunately with my schedule and having a very active CPA client I service I cannot make the Olympic effort to build my business. I hope one day in the future I will have the opportunity and time to fully adopt all the Olympic Spirit characteristics.