I saw this video on ESPN the other day and was really inspired and challenged by it. The senior captain of San Francisco University high school, Holland Reynolds, became so dehydrated during her state championship cross country race that she fell over a few meters shy of the finish line. She ended up crawling her way to the finish and clinching the championship for her team. What’s more inspiring though is that she did it for her coach Jim Tracy, who was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease earlier in the year.
1. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish: It’s so easy to start something, but to see it through til the end is the sign of a champion. No matter how many obstacles you go through or how many times you pass out along the way, finishing is what counts.
2. What you do affects those around you: Holland’s courage towards the end not only clinched her team the championship, it left a lasting memory of encouragement to her teammates, coaches, and now anyone who watches this video. What we do directly and indirectly affects those around us. Whether that will be in a positive or negative way is up to us.
3. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose: I don’t think it matters that Holland’s team won the championship. That’s just icing on the cake, an added bonus, a cherry on top. What really matters is the unity and character that is built through the completion of something difficult. More than the victory, I think the team would look back on this event and remember the unity and bonds that were built through it.
All these points resonate loudly with me right now. I’ve definitely hit a few road bumps and went along some detours in running this brand but I’m inspired as ever to keep it going and to never give up. I trust that God put me to this and that he will be get me through it. It’s also easy for me to think of this brand as my own and how it can benefit me, but God constantly reminds me of the vision he has given to me for the brand. It’s not for me, it’s purpose is to be a positive impact to those who come across it and it is a medium to support and uplift the community around me. Lastly, I’m reminded that it doesn’t matter how big or small this brand gets. It’s more about my motives and intentions and how genuine they are. Even if a few people are inspired through this brand, I would consider it a success.
Having said that, I’m still pushing this brand to grow and develop. I have some new products and projects lined up in the near future to take those steps. Stay tuned!
Question: What are you trying to “finish” right now?