"Please don't be cynical... Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard, and you're kind, amazing things will happen."It's a great message. One that our real-life role models have been trying to instill in us for years. Haven't your parents or grandparents or teaches or coaches told you that before? Work hard. Be kind. You will go far. I hope that people were striving for that before, and not just because Conan said so. It's an important idea to embrace.
Just think. Amazing things will happen. If you work hard. And if you're nice to people. And because it is my livelihood to know this kind of thing, this all kind of circles back to this phrase that the U.S. Olympic Committee began using leading up to the Beijing Games.
It's lurking behind every corner. It's in decisions you make, and chances you take. It even rhymes, which is nice, but it can touch your heart to think about how great things lie ahead "when we work hard enough, want badly enough, and refuse to say we’ve had enough."
As the 2010 Vancouver Games are fast approaching, and we're inspired by Olympians and things like this video:
...we need to remember that amazing awaits in all of us. Olympian or non-athlete. No matter your education, your background, or your physical prowess. Anyone can accomplish amazing things as long as they work for it, no matter what those aspirations are — just like the video, Conan, or your parents say.
So dream big. Work hard. Be kind.