So what’s trending in the social world today . . . well I will give you a hint . . . it has something to do with a creature that lives beneath the ocean and a human that has defeated all obstacles to become a very decorated American Olympian! Any guesses? I’m sure if you aren’t living under a rock, you have heard about the ‘race of the year’ . . . Michael Phelps racing a Great White Shark! Well, I honestly can’t believe how much buzz is being created about this story, and it’s not even about the race outcome! Michael Phelps came in two seconds under a Great White Shark! Ummmmmm, that’s unbelievable! The strength and speed a shark has is unlike any human, and for Michael Phelps to come super close to that, well, why are we not celebrating that accomplishment?
If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do. Michael Phelps
Sadly, instead of celebrating an incredible achievement, most people are concentrating on the fact that Phelps did not “really” race a Great White Shark! Okay, firstly, who would ever be able to talk to a shark and say, “Hey listen buddy, we need you to tread water for a wee bit while we set up all of the cameras, and make sure it’s right before the start line! Please don’t talk to Phelps; he is in his zone and needs to focus! Now when we blow the whistle, you stay on your side and Phelps will stay on his, and then you race until the end, and good luck! Got it shark buddy?” SERIOUSLY? Would that ever happen? Maybe in the movies, with a robotic shark – yup, I could totally envision that! And Phelps is a son, husband, father . . . why on earth would he voluntarily say, “Ya, let me see what happens; put me in the middle of the ocean with Sammy the Shark!”
This was a ‘true’ test to what a race would be between human and shark! So this is how it worked . . . scientists created a computer-generated image of the Great White Shark racing using the speed data they collected! Now that is pretty impressive! To be able to do that and have millions of people watch, well that is entertainment right there! It kicked off the epic Shark Week, and in all the promoting that Phelps had done, he was very clear that we would not be racing a real shark! Again, he was very clear about this!
Now the impressive part is that the shark swam 100 meters in 36.1 seconds and Phelps swam the same distance in 38.1 seconds . . . seriously, 2 seconds behind a Great White Shark!!! Who can even conceive this? And we are all worried about it being a computer-generated image??? We aren’t celebrating and screaming words of praise that this Olympian swam 100 meters in 2 seconds less than the beast of the ocean??? I just am so baffled that this is the news I woke up to today on all social platforms!
Let’s keep this in perspective . . . the key to achieving your goals and dreams is to have the belief in yourself that you can accomplish anything, but you also need the support system around you! Let’s remember what Michael Phelps has accomplished in his lifetime so far, and let’s celebrate the fact that he did this, and that it is so so so incredible! And for all the people who are upset about the “race”, how about you go jump into the ocean and race a shark, and we promise we will be right there watching with millions as we hold our breath to see if you will be dinner for the night 😉
So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are not limits. Michael Phelps
Job well done Michael Phelps, job well done! Now can we meet so I can get an autograph? 😉
Love love love, LC