This post is inspired by the olympics and Lewis Howes’ podcast, The School of Greatness.

To achieve greatness in anything- sports, business, etc.- you need to do things others are not able to. It requires you to sacrifice; maybe that means no dessert, eating clean, not going out drinking with friends in order to maintain your physique or to stay home and work on your business strategy. If you want to achieve greatness, you need to first evaluate what are the most important things to you in life: quality time with family and friends, being able to watch your kid play football on the weekends… Most people who want to achieve an extremely high level of success need to make daily sacrifices and sometimes put their social lives on pause. You may need to cancel last minute on family and friends and significant others; so what does all the glory and success and fame mean if you have no one there to celebrate with… Sure if you enjoy the training, don’t mind the sacrifices, and if your calling compels you to push through the short term gratification mentality and move towards ultimate long-term success then by all means you are a high achiever and wouldn’t be happy doing anything less.

All this talk about the Olympians in Rio achieving greatness and getting the gold is very inspiring and uplifting…but also can be detrimental to our own self-worth. We may say things like, “I could never do that…” even though we have never tried pole vaulting or doing flips on a balance beam. How could we really know if we never tried? Moreover, we don’t need to beat ourselves up by seeing others achieving their greatness. If we really want something in life, we can do everything to make it happen for ourselves.I firmly believe anyone can learn anything that they put their effort into. Effort does not guarantee success, but inaction definitely guarantees no results…

Try not to get bogged down by seeing the greatness of others unfold on your screen. Comparison breeds misery. And remember, you don’t need to achieve greatness in order to live a great life.  For the rest of us, we don’t need to achieve greatness on a worldwide stage in order to live a great life. We are social beings and we need relationships, whether you’re a self-proclaimed introvert or not. Life is all about the quality of the relationships we have cultivated around us. If you have quality friends and a loving family, I consider that to be a truly great existence.

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