That's a 206 week rest period between competitions if you're keeping track.
For the two weeks while competition is on, the entire world loves watching sports like swimming, figure skating, track and field, and even curling.
The other 206 weeks, we couldn't care less about any of these events or the athletes the compete in them.
We as humans love the Olympics because there is nothing more inspiring than watching the best in the world do what they do, no matter what the event, craft, sport, or subject. But being the best in the world often means that no one will care what you’re doing between competitions, showcases, or book releases. That, however, is where the most important work is done. That is where to gold medal is earned.
The pursuit of excellence is too gritty for national television. For 206 weeks, you aren't on NBC in front of an audience of twenty million people. You are alone in a training room with nobody watching or cheering you on. Then, all of a sudden, you have two weeks to touch and inspire the world. A moment in the spotlight to make your mark. What most of us don't realize though, is that the depth of your impact in the two weeks everyone is watching is directly proportionate to the work you do during the 206 weeks when no one is watching.
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