What is a hero? Someone to be looked up to, to be sure. They’re a person whose feats, mental or physical, set them apart from the rest of the world. They’re the individuals who have gone so far beyond what we think is possible that they are set apart in a category all to themselves. When we imagine superheroes, we imagine beings with supernatural powers who, guided by their moral compass, protect us from the horrors of the world and guide us forward through the darkness. Regular heroes act in much the same way, just without the gift of the supernatural.
This means that heroes get their powers from the same sources as anyone else; hard work, dedication, perseverance and a love for what they do. They protect us from our woes by providing us with a sense of comfort; we see our own dreams and aspirations through their success, and we put the burden of our hopes on their shoulders. They take up this mantle and march forward, ready to serve the people who believe in them. Olympic Heroes take on an incredible load; the aspirations of the very nations they come from, the wishes of millions. They work tirelessly to reach their peak, both physically and mentally; they become almost superhuman through their commitment to their craft. They go onstage, to compete with other heroes from around the world, bearing the dreams of their own countries, and in over the course of days, hours, minutes and instants; it’s all over, and a hero emerges victorious.
Having a crowd of millions watching you, holding the aspirations of a nation in your hand; these are things that wear down on your psyche. Olympic heroes learn the fortitude and sticktoitiveness necessary to carry this weight, unprecedented in almost any other arena. They learn grace, humility, confidence, excellence; traits that are important to succeed anywhere in the world. These heroes give talks that are as inspiring as their success; as presenters, they bring stories of commitment, adversity and success to the forefront.
Take Chantal Petitclerc. She lost the use of her legs at 13 years of age, but through perseverance, an adjustment of perspective, and the help of a great mentor, she became the most decorated Paralympian in Canadian history and a Canadian Senator. Alexandre Bilodeau who won a Gold Medal in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics then, in 2014, repeated the incredible feat at Sochi, defying expectations. Jon Montgomery knows how slim the margins can be; he won the Gold for skeleton racing in 2010 by 7/100th of a second, a time frame so short you couldn’t possibly count it.
There are even more Olympic Heroes on our roster; gold medal winners with incredible stories about the tribulations they went through to win at the highest level of their sport. These stories will inspire every member of your organization to figure out their niche and do their best to succeed at the highest level; to transform their minds and bodies to be the greatest they can be.
Aspire higher. Be heroic. Choose Talent Bureau.