Against all odds (too old, too poor, too few of the “right connections”) Vince Poscente accomplished his dream of competing for his native Canada in the Olympic Games.
He knows all about taking risks:
It was a gamble. I was broke but I took a chance that the spirit of sportsmanship was alive and well. The gamble turned out better than I had ever hoped.
The plan was to fly to Paris. Take a train to the Alps. Board the shuttle up to Les Arc. Then knock on the door of the French coach the night before his national team training camp and ask if I could train on the Olympic track. I had befriended an athlete on the French team and he said calling ahead would only result in a “no.”
Dumbfounded the coach looked at me as I explained in broken French that I flew all the way over from Canada on the chance that he would allow me to train with the best team in the world. I promised to pay my own way and help any way I could.
“Une moment,” he said and then closed the door. Standing in the hallway the wait was agonizing. After ten minutes he came back out and explained that I could train with his team. But, if anyone else showed up then I had to leave.
Perfect, I said but I think my smile of relief said it all.
The balance of the two weeks was the single greatest training experience in my short speed skiing career. They treated me like a team member. With the best coaching staff, the best speed skiers and the biggest track in the world I managed to accelerate my learning curve by a dramatic margin.
The four-letter word for bold-faced audacity is risk.
Be courageous! Live your dreams. Refuse to listen to that defeatist inner voice that tells you you’re too old, too poor, or don’t have enough of the “right connections.”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
An accomplished Olympian and performance strategist, Vince Poscente is an internationally known keynote speaker and author of The Ant and the Elephant and Invinceable Principles. He is also the founder of Be Invinceable Group – a Dallas-based company specializing in services and products to transform personal and workplace performance. For more information, go to www.beinvinceable.com