Our assignment this week was to watch 1 of 7 movies and write in our blog about persistence. This is really a great enforcement of persistence as we are reading this chapter in the Greatest Salesman in the World for the month of December.
The movie I chose was Cool Runnings. This movie was about a person named Derick who wanted to win an Olympic Gold Metal and follow in his father’s footsteps. Unfortunately during the qualifications he was tripped and did not qualify for the Olympics in Track. As fate would have it while trying to get another chance to qualify he noticed a picture on the wall of his father with another Olympic Gold Medalist who had won the Bobsled competition. This person tried to get his father to convert to Bobsledding years earlier. Derick located this guy to get him to be the coach for the Bobsled team. When he said no, Derick did not take that as an answer. He persisted until the Bobsled Gold Medalist agreed to coach him. There were numerous hurdles that Derick had to overcome. He needed to have four people for the Bobsled team, he persisted until he got his team. They had to do a lot of improvising to practice as obviously there is no ice in Jamaica. He had to persist through all the negative talk of people thinking he was crazy for wanting to have the first Jamaican bobsled team. They had to raise $20,000 to travel to the Olympics, they Masterminded as a group to figure out different ideas to earn the money to go. When the bobsled coach got a sled for the team, it wasn’t much to look at but Derick said it was beautiful. He definitely had a positive mental attitude. The team persisted constantly, by learning to walk then run on ice; they had to practice constantly to meet the crucial 6 second time of getting in the bobsled at the start of the race.
There are four tiny habits to being a success and Derick had them all.
1. Definite Major Purpose – Derick wanted an Olympic Gold Metal
2. Positive Mental Attitude – Derick definitely had it.
3. Plan of Action – Derick had this he wanted to get to the Olympics, he needed a Bobsled Team, coach, the funds to travel
4. Master Mind Alliance – So important, Derick definitely had one his coach and team.
I really enjoyed this movie and I would really recommend it. There was something in this movie that I want to share near the end of the movie the coach said to Derick “A Gold Metal is a wonderful thing but if you are not enough without it, you will never be enough with it.”
That statement really hit me. I took that statement as whatever your gold metal is, more money, a promotion, whatever it is; if you are not happy with yourself and grateful for who you are and what you have inside you will never be happy when you get “your gold metal.
My wish for all of you is that you are whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, healthy, harmonious and happy.
Have a great week and make each day the best day of your life!!