• Michael Phelps is a champion… are you?

    in Self-Improvement

    As of the morning of Wednesday, August 13, 2008, Michael Phelps of the USA Olympic swim team has won 5 gold medals in Beijing. This brings his gold medal total to 11 and makes him the most successful Olympic athlete to ever live.

    Not only did he break the gold medal all-time record but he’s set world records for all 5 events he’s competed in so far. How’s that for a champion?

    michael phelps

    Well, I don’t want to say much other than this…

    We see his glory but do we understand his story?

    Phelps grew up in a single parent household and was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). His mother stuck it out.

    What’s more, he would be teased for his ears and lisp by unrelenting Baltimore schoolmates. It wasn’t easy for Phelps.

    But that goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from… just where you’re going. Phelps always dreamed of being an Olympian and now he’s here for the second time with the possibility of bringing home 8 gold medals.

    So if you can think big, you can be big.

    Remember this quote:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God – your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

    Marianne Williamson

    Be big,

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    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 john

    congrats phelp!


    2 sammie

    I love this post Jman! Very encouraging and true. Michael is an example we all can follow even in our music playing.


    3 jerome

    yeah but its swimming. who watches swimming. There is a michael who’s the best athlete to ever live but his last name is jordan.


    4 kim

    jerome, lets not make this a debate. Jermaine was just relating this to your aspirations and dreams as a musician. We all aspire to be something. Michael Phelps did and now he’s the best in the world right now at what “he” does.


    5 Anonymous

    hi JG, you are a big inspiration. See you at the top!


    6 Anonymous

    Thanks for the message


    7 Caroline

    Stands back from the keyboard in azmaenmet! Thanks!


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    9 Donnell Buote

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