What makes ordinary people lead extraordinary lives? I call it the “Champion Factor,” the x-factor that differentiates those who never give up, regardless of the odds against them. The swimmer with no legs who wins by arm strength alone; the blind singer with a voice that makes you cry; the hearing-impaired dancer who dances to the rhythm of her partner and brings down the house. What drives these people to reach almost inhuman acts of achievement?
Humanity experts reveal not all champions are extraordinary people, but they excelled in their field, sport, or passion and refused to give up. Success in anything is directly related to the amount of time spent on it and not necessarily based on natural tendencies. Coaching, preparation, and confidence building can help many novices become experts. Every writer knows a well-written short article or paragraph could easily have been edited many, many times over before a reader set eyes on it.
When an apprentice asked a corporate self-made technician working on world-class projects, “How did you learn all that stuff?” the elder replied, “What do you do when you get home every day? Do you turn on the TV or keep on learning?” He went on to describe his self-disciplined world full of night reading, studying, and learning from his successors, even outside of college or trade schools. The same applies to athletes, CEOs, and professional artists. Question a downtrodden-turned-champion and you’ll find every bit of alone time was spent on their craft, learning what they needed to do to succeed.
Unfortunately, the opposite also holds true. If extra hours are spent in a negative way, one can become an expert at negativity, too – which is how gossips and bullies are created.
There is so little time outside of work, home, studies, family obligations, and even the fun times spent with friends. Or, dare I say it – time spent on social media! Why not gift yourself with the making of your own champion life? Ditch the cell phone and turn off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other distractions consuming your time. You don’t have to win a trophy or wear a crown to be successful in your field of choice. You just have to be happy and proud of what you’ve done and who you’ve become.
Perform acts of chivalry (for yourself), rest your body in between, choose excellent people to be in your circle of friends, and let kind words lead your voice and temperament. Then watch the world around you swirl toward achievement, pride and yes – success. You are a champion. You’re just in the process of earning the title!
Abella Carroll is a freelance writer