Lessons from Paralympians

We have been doing some research into aspects of sports psychology and human potential, and have found fertile insights. This has broad applications to business and everyday life.

In particular, the study of Paralympians by Michael Johnson and others is very interesting. It has been found they overcame handicaps through creativity and innovation. Further, their handicap proved to be an asset. It drove them to persist, endure, and find the necessary drive to succeed.

Let’s pause on this insight for a minute- the handicap became an asset which made people more creative- stronger.

Does this resonate? I have always believed, it is the struggle that makes us great. This is clear from the study of masters in business, science, art and any human endeavour.

The greater the struggle, the higher the human mind and body rise. The higher aspects of our mind seem to snap into gear. The creative mind looks for new ways, rare ways of seeing and doing that were once invisible. Once thought impossible.

It is no surprise some people now predict the Paralympic Games may be as popular, if not more popular than the Olympic games. In all cases, it is not about winning and losing, handicaps or not, it is always about the Rise and our celebration of the human spirit. Their voices remind us of this fact each day.

“I lost my leg aged five…now I’m 1.9 seconds behind Usain Bolt.”- Jonnie Peacock, Athlete.

“It’s taking something that’s a negative and turning it into a positive. It’s something that is going to be with me for the rest of my life so I might as well make the most of it.”- Megan Giglia, Cyclist.

“Even the seemingly small things matter if you want to be successful.”- Jordanne Whiley, Wheelchair Tennis.

Perhaps we can remove the prefix ‘para’ altogether. Inside, we all have the potential to be Olympians.


Regards, Lee M. Spano, Creatness International CEO www.creatness.com

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