What can the Olympics teach you?

Okay I’ll admit it, I have Olympic fever!


Well there are so many reasons…

1. I love sports

2. I love watching people dig deep

3. I love hearing how people ris above injusries and circumstances that seem insurmountable

4. I love what I can learn about success and mindset and strategies of success

I love all of these things…

But there is something else, and that is what I’m going to focus on today…

5. I love seeing how differently certain athletes handle defeat

Lindsey Jacobellis is the perfect example…

In the last Olympics she was certain to win a Gold in the Snowboard Cross Event…

I mean she had it tied up and was so far ahead of the pack that all she had to do was stay up on her board and she would have the gold…

That’s when she made her mistake…

She went into the air, and caught in the moment she went to do a little extra to celebrate…


She still got silver, but this was a situation where the Gold was hers to lose and that is exactly what she did…

  • You’ll get 8 million people sounding off about how it was the mistake of youth or showboating…
  • You’ll get an earful from just about anyone about how stupid she was to do this…
  • You could throw a rock in the middle of the desert and chances are you would still hit someone who would be more than willing to judge her for what heppened…

To be honest, I don’t care about that…

We all make mistakes, it’s a fact of life…

What I’m interested in is what we do after the mistake…

How we handle ourselves…

What we tell ourselves this mistake means about us and our future…

And this is where I am so impressed with Jacobellis…

She had to endure some pretty tough interviews — each time having to answer the question of ‘What Happened?’ —

Of course she would explain — of course she wished it hadn’t gone the way it did — I’m sure she learned a serious lesson —

But she also seemed to let it roll off of her…

The best thing I heard from her was when she said that she didn’t know how to explain what happened other than to say that she fell down.

I love that!

That’s the best success lesson you can find…

You’re going to make mistakes and you are going to do things when you should have known better…

Do you have to learn from these mistakes?


But, do these mistakes mean that you are stupid, have ruined everything and now you’ll never succeed?


Learn from her…

Sometimes the most honest answer to “What happened there?” is

“I fell down”…

Leave me your comments about how you can learn from this…

Go Big!


31 Responses to “What can the Olympics teach you?”

  1. Pinky says:

    The big thing is to first accept the fact that one has committed a mistake. Secondly, do not get bogged down because of the fact that you didnt succeed, instead see the positive aspect of the failure…learn from it…next time you will be wiser than the lot…

  2. Leila says:

    Either ‘I fell down’ or ‘it seemed like the right thing to do at the time’. Thanks for the post Kristen because sometimes life’s hard enough without making it harder.

  3. Dave Wacholtz says:

    I fully agree…It’s the “Rocky” attitude,”It’s not how hard you hit the other guy, it’s how many times you get back up after being hit by him”.
    Another favorite:
    “Dare to dream, dare to try, dare to fail – dare to succeed.”
    G Kinsley Wood
    I love your attitude Kristen. Thanks for the motivation and positive information.

  4. Rodrigo says:

    The deal is not to avoid falling down, but to be able to stand up and give it an other try.
    we all fall down in life, but only the winner gets up and keeps on trying.

  5. joe says:

    Kristen ,I love the way you think with such clarity and find good in almost everything.I wish I had such vision.And I am one of those people who really cannot let go and forgive myself for mistakes I make.I wish I could just say “it was a learning exsperience” But I almost just keep saying to myself “JOE YOUR AN IDIOT FOR DOING THAT!) I really need to learn how to just learn from mistakes. Take care Kristen and thanks for all the great posts and free reports! Your the best!

  6. Mark Danner says:

    Yes,learning from are mistakes is probably the best lesson we can have. We can’t know everything so we are bound to make them! I myself have made tons over the years and will continue until I am in the ground. The biggest thing we can learn is I made the mistake, learn from it, accept it and then move on. Try and not dwell on it because it will just eat you up and cause illness. So accept it, learn from it and move forward.

    Mark Danner

  7. rebecca says:

    She probably was not quite ready to win the gold…and she actually slowed it down out of fear…if she can do it again next time she will probably win the gold..but if this was her only shot then she just was not ready…she created her life…subconsciously or consciously if I am spelling that right….I am baffled by mistakes? are there any? or is it energy all playing out….until it is refined to what we want to really create…

  8. Linda says:

    Fallen down is part of growth. Wow how many times does one fall. Getting up again is the key. How one does that.It is knowing one has to get up that is the thing.The challenges are all our growth.Ourself and others grow from a defeat.

  9. PANSY PIERCE says:


  10. Maureen says:

    Hi Kristen,
    For me this has been an extremely hard thing to learn, in my life but I think I’m there now Great article!
    Also Kristen, just another comment on the article What one thing can you do today!
    This is proving to be so helpful to me. The just one thing is turning into just two then into just three things, so things are really starting to get moving. Thanks a lot

  11. Leonard says:

    Your article is so true. Also too many put so much emphasis on winning Gold and that is if you DON’T GET GOLD you are a loser. People who talk that have no isea what they are talking about. Most of the athletes are supportive of each other and these sportscaster don’t heave a clue about the event. Former athlete sportscasters make reasonable comments but too many are out to lunch. In my humble but accurate opinion all olympians are winners and take ricks, and are not afraid to try and even fail to bring out the best in themselves.Every olypian should get a plaque that they were a competitor. In life we’re all competitors and we don’t have to win gold to be a winner. Think about it -in life- we can ALL be gold medal winners. Let’s cheer each other on. Leonard

  12. Dave says:

    Everyone’s a critic, especially the media types.
    What they don’t get is that it doesn’t really matter what they think. She will go on, probably
    to greater things then those critics could ever even fathom. In other words, it doesn’t mean that much to me, to mean that much to you.

  13. Paul says:

    I fully agree…It’s the “Rocky” attitude,”It’s not how hard you hit the other guy, it’s how many times you get back up after being hit by him”.
    Another favorite:
    “Dare to dream, dare to try, dare to fail – dare to succeed.”
    G Kinsley Wood
    I love your attitude Kristen. Thanks for the motivation and positive information.

  14. Yes, the reality is I have fallen down. Accept it.
    The problem is when we resist that thought. I should have done that or this and I could have avoided the fall will only add to the stress.The truth is I did not do anything to avoid the fall. What next from here, is a better attitude.

  15. Barb says:

    It’s a great lesson, and to let it GO..not to carry it around inside you, dwelling on it….but, you wonder if she sabotaged her Gold metal? She new she had it and that wasn’t enough for her? Who knows what she’s really thinking. Everyone does the same thing, but just in different ways. They have something nailed and they have to throw a curve ball out there when all they need is a straight pitch. She wouldn’t be where she is today if she didn’t do that…that’s how she got to where she is today…she took a chance….

  16. Susanna says:

    wow, that would have been so embarrassing if it had happened to me,and I think she felt a little embarressed to, because she new she didn´t just fell, she had the gold in her hand and just kind of gave it away because she wanted to show off. But it happened and I guess there is two things you can do about it, either put yourself down for it, or just laugh about it and see it as another fun story to tell in your own story of life. Becuse what would we be without our stories to tell? To waist our time regretting things takes so much energy from you.When we judge ourselves hard, I think it´s harder to learn from our mistakes and we do them over and over again, becuse we call ourselves stupid or whatever, so we act the way we think. Wouldn´t we be more fun people if we could laugh about our mistakes and talk about it with other people. When I´m around people giving fun stories that they have experienced I think, wow great I´m not the only one doing stupid things here, and I am able to relax more and I don´t have to try to be so perfect myself. Today I think I have learned to give more of myself and my stories and to stop judge myself for my mistakes.

  17. John says:

    I am reminded of a good old saying when I was
    in training in the military:
    “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits”

  18. Ivona says:

    you fell down and get up, it is like a couple of bestest friends :)medals belong on the shalf

  19. Big Kahuna says:

    That was the theme song of the Winter Olympics. The words were “Everybody gets knocked down…Everybody get knocked down…HOW QUICK ARE YOU GONNA UP? They played it during the qucik highlight bites. I think its called Ali In the Jungle. It is a very cool song – you should listen to it.

  20. Rosemary says:

    Absolutely! Beating yourself up over a mistake doesn’t make anything better. In fact, it paralyzes the only person who can probably repair the damage: You! I closed a short sale about a week or so ago, and the Bank complained that they had not received the final estimated closing statement which they required be approved before we could close. Usually, the escrow officer does this for me, but because I was using a short sale website to communicate with the Bank, the escrow officer failed to do that. That could have been really messy, affecting the buyer, the seller, the escrow company, the Bank and the two agents. Yikes! I threw myself on the mercy of the Court (well, actualy it was the Closing Officer at the Bank), told him I was totally at fault because I was concentrating on their waiving the deficiency, and he was able to make it right, with only a few more pieces of paper that needed to be completed. The escrow officer e-mailed that I must have “an angel on my shoulder.” Yes, I do.

  21. George says:

    Falling over a boulder is not the problem. Rather you should realise the problem and find a way around it. Dare to dream? Why not? That is where the adventure starts, but not where it finishes.

  22. Hi Kristen

    From my own real life experiences I can tell everyone that >

    Rodrigo – February 23, 2010 @ 9.16am – is exactly right!

    You have to keep getting up when you fall down – every time no matter what, you have to force yourself sometimes!

  23. claudine says:

    Hi Kristen,

    I do think that its at times the best lesson when you accept you have made a mistake try and find the positive in it,thats when you can move on!

  24. Bob says:

    She can’t learn from her mistake because she didn’t make one. She is there competing with the best because she is there competing with herself. Most go by the saying, “if it works, don’t fix it”, while the best say, “if it works, let’s make it work better”. It is this that makes her the champion.

  25. Eric Fernandes says:



  26. Barb says:

    Eric Fernandes, what do you mean?

  27. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by QUANTUM ATTRACTION. QUANTUM ATTRACTION said: Comment on What can the Olympics teach you? by Eric Fernandes: I'M A MAN OF 70 YEARS WITH JUST ONE WAY TO GO & N… http://bit.ly/epwmXL […]

  28. Kayode Adejumo says:

    I learn to know that mistake is not the end of the show but after the mistake to rise up again, learn from the mistake, make proper correction and move ahead.

  29. George says:

    The main lessons are in endurance and persevence against all odds. The second lesson is how money and politics intrude into our lives. Then there is the expectation of the nations for their athletes, forgetting they are human, and last the discrimination despite all the rhetoric. I think your intention was to alert us to the effort that is needed to succeed.

  30. Marilyn says:

    Everyone I know that refuses to admit to making mistakes keep making them over and over. The fear of being “wrong” keeps them from learning the lesson and moving forward – very sad. I am glad I can say when I make a mistake, find the lesson and move on. It can be hard to find the lesson, but the time and effort is worth it. Even if the only lesson is not to “do it again,” there is value! Nothing is worse than repeating the same mistake…Happy New Year, Kristen and everyone else. 🙂

  31. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by QUANTUM ATTRACTION. QUANTUM ATTRACTION said: Comment on What can the Olympics teach you? by Marilyn: Everyone I know that refuses to admit to making mistakes… http://bit.ly/hAKqVk […]

Leave a Reply