Archive | June, 2012

Celebrating success

20 Jun

Celebrating success, sorry, but us Brits aren’t the best at this and it makes me sad. Why can’t we be happy when others succeed? I heard a story which really made me think….

Michael Caine tells a story of having a Rolls-Royce, One day, he left it in a very rough area of Los Angeles, and when he got back, all these kids were standing around saying, ‘Hey, really cool car, Mister!’ Another time, he left it in a very upmarket part of London and when he got back, someone had taken a key and scratched up the side.

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Michael Caine and his Rolls-Royce

This is a perfect example of how someone’s hard work which has been rewarded with nice things is punished because of jealousy, it’s sad to think that there are people out there who make it their business to try and destroy someone’s hard work.

Nothing in this life comes for free, its an old fashion cliche but hard work really does pay off and I’m all for people celebrating there own achievements and taking time out in there lives to mark these milestones, if we had a nation full of cheerleaders cheering on our every move then I’m sure we would all be driven to achieve our goals.

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I try and surround myself with ‘doers’ or rather, people that have a purpose for there lives, its great to be in an environment when you constantly hear about people doing well in there careers or having great marriages and relationships, this can only be good for me as I believe that the people you hang around can determine your personality and views on things, if we’re surrounded by ‘moaners’ or ‘can’t do’ attitude people then often that thinking can rub off onto us.

By being successful doesn’t mean you have to have the big house and the fancy car, it doesn’t have to be about material things or possessions, success can just mean being happy with who you are without being famous or rich, there is such a thing as success that is in the taking part without necessarily winning, if we take part, can what we learnt be used to fuel future successes? After all, some of the most successful athletes have not started out as born winners but learnt through many failures, a ‘successful’ person can simply be someone who keeps smiling despite the difficulties.
There is a great story of a women who went through all of the above and I thought I should share her story with you;

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Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win Three Olympic Gold medals. She won them at the Olympic games in Rome in 1960. She won at the 100 metres,the 200 metres and the 400 metres relay. She was so fast that she was nicknamed the ‘Tennessee Tornado’. Her superb achievements before, during and after Rome inspired many and not just athletes.
Her accomplishments were all the more remarkable given the humility of her background and the many obstacles she had to overcome. She definitely epitomises the mental muscle philosophy.
Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. Her mother gave birth prematurely so the young Rudolph weighed in at four and a half pounds. The family were poor as America was just emerging from the great depression. This meant that because medical services had to be paid for the family found it very difficult to pay for the medical resources needed to treat her. Additionally the America of the 1950’s was very different to what it is today. Back then black Americans had next to no civil rights. Schools were poorly resourced. Medical care was poor because of segregation.
But despite this it is said that by the age of six Rudolph was determined to make more of her life than what a society, steeped in racism, had in store for her. However, further troubles lay ahead. Wilma was very sick, something put down to her being a premature child. She suffered from severe diseases, such as measles, mumps and chicken pox; conditions which were life threatening at that period of time. At one point Wilma very nearly died from scarlet fever and a bout of double pneumonia. In the meantime she couldn’t join other friends at play.
However, the legacy was that she was left with a damaged foot. Polio was suspected. She had to wear a leg brace until she was 12. Throughout that period she underwent painful treatment for which she had to travel miles to obtain.
Despite this, she developed a strong will and had a goal to become more than average which she started trying to achieve by playing basketball. Her mother tried to dissuade her but she persevered in her endeavour. She used the opportunity presented to her through being on the sidelines for many years to study the game and commit routines and game plans to memory just as a chess player would.
She eventually made it to the team but had to wait three years to play for the squad. Instead of complaining she bided her time and learnt what she could on the side line, increasing her knowledge until it was second to none. In this way she turned her disappointments to opportunities. She went on to help her team win many a game and championship.
She hoped to get a basketball scholarship, which was a way to get to study. She failed but in characteristic style she didn’t give in. She set her sights on running. Slowly
she acquired the reputation of a formidable runner. As a result she won an athletics scholarship. This in turn paved her way to becoming the fastest woman on earth. So great was her achievement that all the people in a racially divided town came together to celebrate in her name.
Rudolph did not stop after having won the Olympic title and becoming a highly acclaimed and famous person. She eventually took a stand in fighting against prejudice both racial and gender-based. Additionally, she also returned to poor areas to help coach would-be athletes from a similar background to her own.

I think that once we experience any form of success then we should mark it and hold onto the memory, here’s a few little key points on why I think celebrating success can be successful;

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I always celebrate Eivissa’s successes

By celebrating, you acknowledge that something positive has happened. If at times you do fail it can be very easy to fall into the rut of thinking that you’re not accomplishing anything but by celebrating yours and others successes can help you to overcome that feeling.

If you won’t admit to your own successes, how can you expect others to be aware of them? Do you think that your work and efforts are under-appreciated by others? If you believe that, could it be you don’t even appreciate your own work?

It’s easier to remember your accomplishments if you mark them with celebrations. Taking the time to commemorate your achievements will make it easier for you to recollect them when it comes time to list what you’ve done.

We’re lucky enough to be living in 2012, a year where so many significant events that we will never see again in our lifetime are happening, we’ve had the jubilee, the euros, the Olympics, all these things are made for us to celebrate other people’s success, to be the cheerleaders, to be the ones that clap the winners as well as the losers, to stand together and be proud to be British!

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