I know I have gone on a bit (or a lot) about the events in Rio but I have just been blown away by the team GB success.
I promise this article is the last time I will mention the Olympics – well at least for another four years – but I have been just so inspired by them.
I loved watching the different sports and was stunned when we came 2nd and beat China in the medals table.
The Paralympics has been even better!
Who could fail to be moved by the armless Egyptian table tennis player who held the paddle between his teeth and threw the ball up with his feet?
The tenacity of such athletes who are taking part in sports on a global stage is incredible. In the case of the table tennis player he had no expectation that he would medal – it was enough for him to take part.
Whether they were born with their disability or became disabled later in life due to illness or accident, every athlete’s story was truly inspirational.
So is there anything the Paralympics can teach business people which might help us to thrive?
Firstly, I think we can learn to be more positive. We all have bad days and times when it seems the world is against us. But let’s face it we don’t have to face the problems and prejudice a lot of disabled people have to put up with on a daily basis. If they can flourish with all that is stacked against them – I am sure we can!
Secondly, I think we can learn to be more focussed on our goals. We often don’t achieve what we want because we simply aren’t focussed enough. We allow ourselves to be sidetracked by less important things.
Finally, following the lead of Chumbawumba, I think we can learn to get back up again when we get knocked down. Many paralympians have been knocked down pretty hard (sometimes literally) but have had the mental strength to not only get back up again but to thrive.
Business is challenging and we will all suffer setbacks. The key to getting over these setbacks is to be positive, focussed and to pick ourselves up each time we are knocked down.