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Olympic Opportunities

Yes, I am an Olympic geek. Totally admit it. I like the whole thing – the spectacle of it all, the competition of course, the culture, the sob stories, the history, the international spirit and ideal, the obscure events (Modern Pentathlon), and of course the raw commercialism and pure excess. It is great entertainment for two weeks, served up in wonderful prepackaged clips and snippets.

But what I love most about the Olympics is that sometimes there is a very special someone who comes along and has “that moment”. They rise to the occasion, they not only win, but they capture the moment, they create a legacy and memory that lasts a lifetime. But it is how they then go on to literally make a business and career out of that moment –  the business side of me is always in awe.

Think about it – Bruce Jenner, Mike Eruzione, Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci – all had their moment a generation or more ago, yet they all quite literally live in our public consciousness. They have made a career out of their moment. Pitching products, reality television, motivational speaking, coaching, consulting or just flat being paid to be places, they have parlayed a moment in time, one opportunity, into a lifetime of success. Pretty amazing really.

For all of us, there is a moment of opportunity that is out there waiting to be seized. Granted, it might not be on a stage quite as vast as the Olympics, but that moment is out there.  It might not be on the track, in the gym or on the ice; it might be at work, at home, in the community, or quite literally anywhere.  The key for everyone is to be ready to seize that moment when it comes.

It is easy to poke fun and say that “they only did that one thing…once”, but there were years of toil and sweat, practice and pain, sacrifice and focus that went into earning their opportunity.  They were ready to seize their moment.  Then to parlay that moment into a lifetime of success…just amazing.  It is available to all of us if we follow their Olympic example and seize the opportunities that are out there.  Prepare, train, focus, perform, achieve…and maybe parlay that moment into a lifetime business.

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Looking Through the Satirical Lense

Getting caught up in the day-to-day minutia that is life is just a fact.  We all find ourselves fighting the fires at hand, all too often taking the close in view and forgetting the big picture.  We make decisions based on what we see around us, what our environment demands.  We can find ourselves bombarded by messages of what is and what is not important.  Sometimes we lose sight of reality, of the things that truly matter.  And there in lies the value of satire.

A relatively unknown master of satire is back and has again provided a wonderful tongue in cheek look at much more than just the cycling community.  From the hipster to the hip hop culture, our marketing societies obsession with gear, brands, and “high-end” products, to our entertainment and music; everyone gets a turn in the barrel.

It is a gift really – the ability to bring a real, valuable, and sometimes uncomfortable message to what might be a less than receptive audience.  To make them laugh while opening their eyes – a wonderful skill.  Though the below are aimed at cyclist, the jabs apply to any group, in any situation.   Stop and think about it for a minute – is your car, your house, your hobby, the gear you demand, the gadgets you cannot do without, the labels on your clothes – are they really all that important?

Sometimes it is worth it to spend a few minutes and look at yourself, your surroundings, and your life through the satirical lens.  Who knows what you will see.

The latest offering from MC Spandex – “It’s Time to Get Dirty”

And for those who might not have seen the video that started it all, below is the 2009 classic “Performance”

In the interest of full disclosure – I do have a carbon frame.  It was so worth it…

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