Articles Tagged ‘inspiration’

People Who Inspire – Jim Valvano

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Earlier this month, I was sitting on the couch with my son Ian watching SportsCenter. A story came on about Jim Valvano’s 1993 speech at the ESPY’s. Ian was about to change channels when I said, “Wait, we need to watch this. It’s one of the greatest speeches of all time.”

Ian, looked at me like I was a little crazy, but did turn his attention to the speech.

I’ve seen it a dozen times, but still sat enthralled as Coach Valvano was helped up to the podium to give his speech. He reminded the crowd that he had tumors racing through his body and was not sure how much longer he had to live and as a result, he was going to talk as long as he wanted – regardless of the teleprompter warnings.

Jim closed out his speech with a famous piece of advice:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

I got goose bumps, a lump in my throat and almost cried. In fact, I am getting emotional as I reread this piece. He is dying and very soon will need to say goodbye to everyone he loves. Yet, all he cares about at this very moment is inspiring others.

Coach Valvano inspired millions that night. However, that was just the start of his inspiration. That speech officially launched the “The V Foundation for Cancer Research” which has raised more than $100 million to fight cancer.

Less than 2 months after his talk at the ESPY’s Coach V lost his battle with cancer. Yet nearly 20 years later he still inspires with his legacy.

Who inspires you?

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies
317-576-8492
cjm@goreachmore.com

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The Genius of Inspiration

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Thomas Edison said: “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Inspiration is that passion and determination which makes you want to get out of bed in the morning, smile through the tears, and work through any dilemma. So, how do cultivate inspiration? Where does it come from?

Inspiration is what gets us all going and keeps us going through the hard work, determination, and perspiration of achievement. I believe inspiration comes from being clear about our purpose. When we know why we want to do, be or have something nothing can stop us.

I watched the movie Rudy for the fourth or fifth time this weekend. Rudy was a dynamo. He grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working in a factory for the rest of their lives. But he wanted to play football at Notre Dame. He had a few problems though; his grades were low, he didn’t have the best athletic skills and he was half the size of the other players. But he had the spirit, the drive and the inspiration of 5 players and he set his sights on joining the team. Why? Because he was passionate about Notre Dame Football and he was determine to make his father proud.

When Rudy got hit he always got up, and, granted, sometimes he got up more slowly than others, but he always got up. As he rose up, he shook his head, dusted himself off, and re-joined the team line-up to do it all again. He got knocked down to the ground several times a day in practice yet he always bounced right back up, ready for more action – without a hint of complaint or any tears.

Think about what life would be like if you pursued your passions in the same way Rudy pursued his? How would it be different for you? How different could your life and your work be if you lived it with as much passion and perseverance for life as Rudy did for football?

Deseri Garcia
Vida Aventura
317-362-4898
www.vidaaventura.net

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Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Parts 2 and 3)

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Part 2)

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In my previous post I discussed how relevant team sports are in reference to leadership. I mentioned that great team players have integrity and edify their teammates. These attributes are present in great leaders. In this post I will dive into culture, vision and inspiration.

Culture – Life is meant to be enjoyed. It is meant to be fun. Great leaders appreciate this. And, adventure racers thrive on it. If you are not creating an atmosphere your employees ENJOY being, chances are, they are not thriving and neither is your organization…at least not for the long-term.

Employees leave jobs not because of the job, but usually the leader behind the job. Give a lot, laugh a lot. Create a space and culture that is fun and your team will WANT to work with you versus feel like that HAVE to.

Vision – Having a strong and compelling WHY – a reason – a dream – is what compels us to do the things that we know we should do. It takes vision to get MOVING. When my team races we always race with a few clear objectives that we all agree on: to stay safe, race hard, and finish. That almost always lands us in the top of the field.

Having a clear vision and purpose is what separates great leaders from good leaders. They have a clear vision and work to achieve it and others rally to be a part of achieving that vision.

Inspiration – Motivation is about making you do something. Inspiration is about being led are called to act. As a leader you can have a vision all day long, but unless you can inspire others to enroll in your vision, it’s dead. Yes, I said it. Dead.

Training for a 24-36 race has taught me about being inspired. When it’s 5 degrees outside at 5 in the morning and you know that you have to get training miles in for your next event, you find out very quickly just how enrolled and invested you are in the race, your goals and your team.

Motivation will only get you so far. Great leaders lead and inspire their teams to act.

Team Sports Can Teach You A Lot About Leadership (Part 3)
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