If a job seeker exhibit the drive, determination and work ethic of a champion but happens to lack sufficient experience, hiring managers should take the time to train and teach these candidates. In the long run, the payoff will be well worth it.
In watching the Olympics I too often feel I'm being bullied to root against others, to define myself as what I'm not. This is a way of thinking that is likely to become more prevalent over the next decade.
Elite athletes do not possess superhuman powers or extraordinary qualifications limited to a selected few. The characteristics that make a champion can be attained and developed by anyone who wants to excel in sports, business or in life.
The finishing time for the first Olympic marathon was 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds. The medalists in the men's race next week will likely cross the line at close to two hours, and women will not be too far behind.
There is something special about an Olympian. While many athletes are treated like gods, the breed of competitors who materialize every four years occupies the upper reaches of the pantheon. There seems to be something a little more pure, a little more genuine about them.