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Defining Your Own Success

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:40:01 PM by Laura Dravenstott in success, in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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Lessons from children – All things come with time

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Amanda Charles in kids, in Parenting Tips, in children learning, in Development, in success, in Patience

Lessons from children – All things come with time

There are a lot of lessons to be learned as a parent, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned from my stepson is that all things come with time.  As parents we rush to help our children learn new things and new skills.  We get frustrated when we don’t think they are potty-training fast enough, they won’t sit still long enough to hear a chapter from a book, they won’t capitalize their sentences or basic math seems like calculus to their developing brains.  We worry that we aren’t doing a good enough job and that lacking these basic skills is going to ruin them forever.  Phew.  Take a breath!

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