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August 2008


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Note From Erik:

I was hooked after the opening ceremonies. With Tivo, I can now watch my favorite Olympics events when my schedule (and children) allow, which only serves to fuel my Olympics fever. For me, it all comes down to the inspiration behind each story.

As I write this while watching more competition; I will share 3 pearls that I have gleaned so far from these '08 games.

To Living Above the Line,


Above The Line Article:

"Olympics Fever"

By Erik Carlson

If you saw it in real time you might concur that the Men's 4X100 freestyle relay was the most amazing race ever. Being a full body length behind the French swimmer Alain Bernard down the stretch, 32 year old Jason Lezak miraculously pulled ahead in the last fraction of a second to give the U.S. the Gold. I must have watched the replay 50 times!

The story:

  1. Michael Phelps needed this win to continue his run for 8 Golds in '08.
  2. The U.S. was heavy underdogs to France.
  3. Michael Phelps is allowed to devour 8,000 calories a day, with a green light to eat virtually anything he wants. (Swimming 5 hours a day burns calories).
  4. Go back and read #3. That's almost as amazing as the race!

The Inspiration:

  1. Draw strength from anything you can. In this instance, the men drew strength from the French boys' mouthing off; verbally claiming to 'smash' the US team. The US boys took that as fuel to inspire their team. The challenges of life require us to put up a fight. It's o.k. to draw strength from outside sources in order to increase our relentlessness. Search for what adds fuel to your relentless pursuit of your dreams.

  2. Keep your eye on your target. The slow motion replay of the final seconds reveals that France's Bernard took time to look toward Lezak to see where he was. His team only lost by only 8/100 of a second. If Bernard doesn't look, France wins gold. In life, we tend to care about where others are; and what others think of us. My wife's mother (we call her Momika) has a great saying: "What other people think about me is none of my business." Trust your dreams, and don't lose sight of them.

  3. The Blessing is in the Team. What is your team? Is it your family? Your business partners? Do you have several teams? When we are fighting for something that is bigger than ourselves, there is always greater blessing and fulfillment. Spend your time seeking to serve others on your team, and your success and fulfillment will surpass anything you could ever ask or imagine.

A great prescription for your Olympics fever is, well, watch more Olympics! Don't fight it. It's worth becoming a couch potato for the cause!

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About Erik Carlson:

Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

Erik is the author and creator of his pathfinder self study course which is a step-by-step roadmap to discovering true prosperity in your career.

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