Monday, August 18, 2008

Winning Performance --- Michael Phelps

That night before dropping my head on the bed shortly after my butt, my 13 years old daughter who has been reading my blog said: ‘ Daddy, Michael Phelps and Olympic have all the front pages, do they trigger you somehow, I thought is quite related to your topic.”

Yes! Sure! There are thousands of people chasing after either one of these objectives, to win or not to win; none of them will be empty handed anyway. My family are Michael Phelps fan; we have been following him very closely in whatever ways except physical. Especially -- my second son who is also a swimmer himself. My son has a good struggling about his swimming manoeuvre also, but I need some time to organise his material before writing.

Now back to Phelps, he is not only a winner to me, he is a consistent winner.
Look here! To win is already a difficult task.
Than, how about this? Winning all the time. Oh! My goodness ---

While everyone else is struggling for just a fraction of it, he holds the whole with a confident smile. His record has somehow enlightened me that point to winning is a reality.

I believe it takes time and great effort to reach that point, even Mighty Michael does not appear suddenly in the air.
The summit is an atmosphere of joyful fulfilment with thousands of careful and cruel steps along the way.
The glorious moment will not shine the newspaper for our kind today if he has decided to quit swimming in the last Olympics. Luckily! He allows us to share his dream.

Looking at the front page with Phelps picture, some words just keep tickling my mind:

He is what he is OR He makes what he is.

I wish I know --------

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Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I think there's an element of both in there. He took his talent but didn't coast. Rather, he honed his talent and worked his tail off to reach his goals.

More of us should push ourselves that hard. We'd be surprised at what we could accomplish.

August 20, 2008 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger TongLin Lok said...

Yes Susan, I get your point. Talent alone is insufficient. There are a lot more than that. That is why only one champion.

Thank you Susan

August 21, 2008 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Sassy Mama Bear said...

I think he is a level headed young man with determination, they say his swimming career started young, and he had to build the talent that looks so easy to the rest of us. He pays a price though. Nice piece.

August 23, 2008 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger TongLin Lok said...

Thanks Mama,

I have two sons, I wish they would have farction of Mic's achievement.

Good day.

August 24, 2008 at 8:01 PM  

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