Four years have passed and it is that time again for the Winter Olympics. When I think about the Olympics I think of many things, but today I want to discuss “The Five Ps of the Olympics,” which every athlete, coach, and committee member involved possesses.
Practice, Persistence, Pressure, Passion, and Pride
Practice: No athlete is in the Olympic Games without practicing their skilled craft day in and day out. You hear them talk about their training schedule and when it starts and when it stops. To be honest, the practice never stops. If they are not working out, they are watching film. If they are not watching film, they are studying the course or tactics to improve.
Persistence: The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines persistence as “The quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people.” These athletes are the elite. What they are doing is difficult and it is not for everyone. They have overcome obstacles throughout their lifetime to make it to this point of their career!
Pressure: As much as people say they are excited to be at the Olympics and that it is a great experience, they also know there are pressures, both internal and external, that they cannot get away from. They are representing their country, small or large, and the pressure is on THEM to be successful. They have the pressure to get better each and every day so they perform at the highest level.
Passion: Simply put, these athletes are doing what they love! They have a drive for their sport – a drive to get better and a drive to win. Passion comes naturally when you enjoy what you’re doing, and if you don’t enjoy it you won’t be passionate about it long term.
Pride: With pressure comes pride. You get to be proud to represent your country. Two hundred thirty Americans are taking place in the Olympic Winter Games representing the 313.9 million people in our country. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment when someone has achieved the goal of making the Olympic team. Lastly, nothing compares to hearing your national anthem at the awards ceremony and the rush of emotion that falls over you. If that doesn’t give you a sense of pride, I don’t know what will.
As discussed above, The Five Ps are not just for Olympic athletes; these are for you and your career. You will not get better at your job/craft if you don’t practice. You must have a sense of persistence because not everything is going to come easy and you will have to overcome obstacles. Pressure yourself to get better day in and day out. Have a passion for your career and love what you do. Lastly, take pride in your work. I am fortunate enough to help individuals better their career on a daily basis. I get to impact lives for the better, and I take a huge sense of pride in knowing that. It’s not rocket science, but don’t wait every four years to ask yourself these questions; ask them often so you know you are on the right track.
Elizabeth started with the Aureus Group Systems team in 2011. She graduated from The University of Nebraska at Omaha with BSBA in Management and Human Resources. As a technical recruiter for the Information Systems team, she is responsible for sourcing, screening, and interviewing candidates for contract and full-time job opportunities within the Iowa market. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her friends and family (especially her nephew and two nieces) as well as playing soccer, attending Husker football, Creighton basketball, and UNO hockey games. She works hard for her candidates and truly wants them to be happy and successful in their next role.