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Great Achievers Do Not Come From A Smooth Path

Great Achievers Do Not Come From A Smooth Path

There are many people in this world that we can look up to for their determination, success and ability to overcome obstacles to achieve greatness. As a source of inspiration for those who want to reach levels beyond our apparent capabilities, high-achievers seem sub-human; the lucky few who got their chances and worked hard for it.

But these people are just like you and me. They had their faults along the journey they set out on, they faced their challenges and overcame them. Despite how it looks, they struggled, worked hard and stuck with their beliefs that they could achieve their goals and dreams.

There’s no doubt about it – Michael Phelps is extraordinary. A 28-Olympic gold medal athlete who has dominated the swimming world for over ten years continuing, to stay at the top and beating all those who compete to emulate his unwavering success. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride to the top and there are a few lessons we can learn from this great Olympic champion.

Limits Are There To Challenge You

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    Limitations can be the cause of many failed attempts at success. They give us the belief that what we want can’t be achieved or is too hard to overcome. But Michael Phelps is proof that his limitations weren’t there to get in his way, but instead guided him on a path that took him to his ultimate success.

    At school, Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD, meaning he had huge problems concentrating in the classroom. Feeling frustrated and dejected, his mother encouraged him to start swimming as an alternative way to focus and his weekly swimming became a passion. He was finally able to channel his lack of focus in the classroom into swimming practice and finally found an outlet that allowed him to flourish.

    Never use your ‘limitations’ as an excuse to give up on your dream and never let self-limitation be a hindrance to what you want to achieve – nothing is impossible.

    It’s Okay To Make Mistakes. The Key Is To Learn From Them

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      Mistakes are an inevitable part of life. Phelps has made his fair share of them through his career, namely drink driving convictions and possession of marijuana, that led him to be banned from competitions for months at a time. While mistakes can understandably bring a lot of us down, the key is to learn from them and don’t let them get in your way of success.

      “I’ll make a million mistakes in my life, but as long as I never make the same mistake again, then I’ve been able to learn and grow.”

      Despite the mistakes he’s made, Phelps has managed to take stock and re-evaluate his direction showing us that, although we are human and mistakes are inevitable sometimes, it’s how you respond to them that propels you harder back onto your path. See mistakes as a honing device that redirects your focus and values. Its alright to fall, it’s more important that you get back up.

      Motivation Is What Truly Drives You

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        You can’t succeed in anything without motivation and Michael Phelps used his endless hard work in the pool and love of the sport to spur him on to get better and better. The Australian champion, Ian Thorpe was Phelps’ idol growing up and when Thorpe claimed that he didn’t think it was possible for Phelps to win eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps used these remarks as motivation. He stuck Thorpe’s words on the inside of his locker as a reminder that he was going to do everything to prove him wrong.

        “I’m really proud of him not just because he won eight golds. Rather, it’s how much he has grown up and matured into a great human being. Never in my life have I been so happy to have been proved wrong.” – Ian Thorpe on Phelps winning gold in 2008.

        Motivation sparks determination and is the number one element to achieving any goal in life. Motivation allows consistency and it’s this consistency that builds up your dream and makes it a reality.

        Be A Great Achiever, But Be An Even Greater Inspiration

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        Joseph Schooling and Michael Phelps

          For anyone who watched this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, you will have seen Singapore’s Joseph Schooling win gold against Phelps in the 100m butterfly final and it was a humbling picture of the young Schooling standing beside his hero that showed just how much Phelps has been an inspiration to young swimmers.

          “If it wasn’t for Michael, I don’t think I could have gotten to this point. I wanted to be like him as a kid. I think a lot of this is because of Michael. He is the reason why I wanted to be a better swimmer.” – Joseph Schooling

          “I’m proud of Joe. I wanted to change the sport of swimming. With the people we have in the sport now, I think you are seeing it.” [I want to teach kids] to believe in themselves, to not be afraid to know that the sky is the limit.”

          Phelps demonstrates that real success isn’t just about personal achievements, but by how much we can influence others. True achievers are the ones that inspire others to be better.

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          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

          60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

          60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

          Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

            Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

            1. Good Health

            Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

            2. Money in the Bank

            Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

            3. Good Friends

            Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

            4. Freedom of Religion

            Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

            5. Your Parents

            Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

            6. Weekends

            There’s something magical about weekends.

            7.Having a Partner

            Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

            8. Pets

            Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

            9. Learning from Mistakes

            If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

            10. Opportunity to Get an Education

            The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.

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            11. Having a Home

            Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

            12. An Ability to Read

            If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

            13. Breathing Fresh Air

            Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

            14. A Bed to Sleep

            A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

            15. Laughter

            Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

            16. Safety and Security

            Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

            17. Cars

            Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

            18. Sunshine

            The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

            19. Time

            Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

            20. Clean Water

            Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

            21. Cell Phones

            Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

            22. Love

            The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

            23. Books

            Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.

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            24. Kindness of Strangers

            Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

            25. Campfires

            The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

            26. Pain

            Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

            27. Art

            The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

            28. Holidays

            Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

            29. Freedom of Speech

            Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

            30. Rainbows

            The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

            31. Tears

            Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

            32. Waking up Today

            Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

            33. Indoor Plumbing

            Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

            34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

            Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

            35. Mountains

            Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

            36. Eyesight

            Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.

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            37. Grocery Stores

            Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

            38. Sunsets

            Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

            39. Entertainment

            Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

            40. Your Mind

            Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

            41. Employment

            Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

            42. Diversity

            The world would be a boring place without diversity.

            43. Moon and Stars

            The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

            44. Electricity

            Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

            45. Air Conditioning

            Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

            46. Hearing

            Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

            47. Children

            Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

            48. Ability to Learn

            The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

            49. People Willing to Teach

            Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.

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            50. Oceans

            The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

            51. Modern Medicine

            Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

            52. Music

            Music brings out new emotions.

            53. Entrepreneurs

            Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

            54. Warm Clothing

            On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

            55. Freedom to Vote

            Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

            56. An Internet Connection

            It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

            57. Challenges

            Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

            58. Hiking Trails

            Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

            59. Vaccines

            Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

            60. Armed Forces

            Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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