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2014 BLOG – DAY 46 :: miracles and ice

15 Feb

Today I started reading a book: The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive.

I was amused to see the forward written by Jim Craig, goalie from the 1980 Miracle On Ice team. It’s uncanny timing with the Winter Olympics showcasing a Russia vs. USA hockey game in Sochi.

It’s amusing to me because I met with Jim Craig once. I had no idea who he was. I had no idea who the 1980 USA Miracle On Ice hockey team was either. In fact I know nothing about hockey.

I was just a brand manager just doing my job.

I took the meeting with a salesman from a company called Hat Trick Group because it was my job to stay on the cutting edge of promotions. It was my job to take meetings with TONS of people who wanted to sell advertising, promotions, and other great big ideas on how it would help the brand.

As usual, I listened to what he had to say, I looked over his unique offerings. I was nice. I was polite. I told him I would call him if we saw a fit. Then I showed him the door.

That was it. I had no idea he was an American Olympic icon in flesh and blood. So I didn’t treat him like one.

After he left my office, a coworker stopped by my desk and asked about the meeting.

“You met with Jim Craig?” She practically squealed.
“Yeah.” I answer back still clueless.
“You know who that was, right?” She inquired.

I didn’t. I had no idea. I had no envy, no fan-struck gold medal moment. I was just doing my job.

Ironically, in the first chapter of “The Champions Mind” it starts with:

“Don’t envy the champion – be the champion.”

I like that and I agree. Let’s be the champion of our own lives.

And if you ever meet an Olympic champion may you remember to notice …and rise to the gold medal occasion.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{be the champion}
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