This is a true story.
In 1980 Chris Campbell was considered one of the best wrestlers in the in the United States. He was a solid contender for a position on the US Olympic team, but was injured in the World Games a few weeks before the Olympic trials. As a result of the injury, he could not qualify to make the team. In 1980 Chris Campbell stayed home and watched the Olympics from his living room couch.
In 1984 Chris Campbell was considered one of the best wrestlers in the world and he had earned a spot on the US Olympic team. Unfortunately, in 1984, the US boycotted the Olympic Games so once again Chris stayed home. Shortly after that, Chris hung up his wrestling gear, went back to school and became a lawyer.
In 1988, Chris watched the Olympic Games once again. from his home. But as he sat there, he knew his days as a wrestler were not over, so he began to train and compete. This was no easy task, because he was older then most of his competitors and because he also had a full time job. But he found a way because he was determined to go to the Olympics.
In 1992, a 37 year old Chris Campbell became the oldest wrestler to ever participate in the Olympic Games. He came home from Barcelona Spain with a bronze medal.
It is easy to look at the story of Chris Campbell and say he was an extraordinary man; that he did things no one else could do. But I met Chris, and I can tell you he was an ordinary man, with extraordinary passion.
Now is as good a time as any to think about what’s next for you. Where do you want to be a year from now? What is your extraordinary passion? Will you dream about it, or work on it? Will you carry the flag in your Olympic game or watch the contest from your couch?