The Olympic Spirit, Metcon, A Rotary Moment... 2-98

The following quotes reflect the meaning behind this e-zine edition. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial. - Confucius. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. - Somerset Maughan.

There were many moments at the Olympics that stood out, and had significance for other aspects of our lives. What special moments stand out for you as we bid the Olympic Games farewell? Here are some of mine. From the competition itself: The U.S. women's hockey team winning the sport's first Olympic gold; Johnny Mosley winning America's first gold medal; Picabo Street capturing the super-G gold medal; Japan's speedskater Hiroyasu Shimizu beating his own Olympic record; Austria's Hermann Maier winning two gold medals after a bruising crash; The Americans luge teams earning silver and gold; Chris Witty becoming the only U.S. double medal winner. Tara Lipinski's joyous jig on the ice when she became the youngest Olympic women's figure skating gold medal winner in history; Masahiko Harada's happy smile when he tied for the longest jump on skis in Olympic history; Russia's Ilya Kulik's marvelous performance that won him the gold medal in men's figure skating; Canada's Elvis Stojko's skating with an injured groin; France's Philippe Candeloro in a flamboyant captivating bronze performance; Bjorn Daehlie of Norway earning his record eighth gold medal; the debut of curling and snow boarding; The Czech Republic winning their first Olympic gold in men's ice hockey in a semi-final shootout.

From the closing ceremonies: the horn-tooting hometown Japanese fans greeted by their Emperor; the delightful dance of the Snowlets mascots highlighting the participation of children; the captivating rhythm of the 'taiko' drummers as one of the world's oldest instruments that drives out evil spirits and welcomes in good ones; the American team proudly carrying the banner thanking Nagano and inviting people to Salt Lake City; the proud acceptance of the flag by DeeDee Corolini, the first female mayor; the incredible, almost unbelievable sage of Frank Zamporini, the Olympic POW; the glow of 50,000 symbols of life in the handheld lanterns as Nagano, the long rice field, bid Sayonara; the smile of pride on Todd Eldridge's face for his friend, Tara; the integrity shown by Wayne Gretzky, who stayed to participate in the final event.

What do they have in common? A focus that enables them to concentrate on giving their all for a place in history while enjoying the moment. A demonstration of teams working together to achieve solid gold. A demonstration of the lone athlete who works to better his or her own record. The village in Japan that opened their hearts with warm hospitality. How fitting that the Winter Olympics occur in February, which is World Understanding and Peace Month. The people of Sarajevo pray to change guns for hammers, and sirens for songs. What's the unifying symbolism embody? The winners were everyone who participated. The Olympics are that wonderfully human competition to be the best, culminating in the goodwill celebration of our similarities. It's a salute to everyone who personifies the Olympic spirit in achieving their goals through perseverance, hard work, and unwavering commitment. The success goes to all who worked hard and did their very best.

Joy comes with when we care enough to communicate peaceful and diplomatic solutions to conflicts. When we learn how to: compete, win, lose, persevere, forgive, and go on living, loving, and giving of ourselves. Many of us have similar Olympic type moments, times when the months and years of working toward a goal culminate in a performance that may be only moments in duration.

What's your Olympic moment? Are you getting closer to the gold? I demonstrate to my clients how collaborative marketing and E-commerce on the Web are future gold medals to strive for, now. As I continue tweaking my redesigned Web site, I've added more Links to enable those who visit the site on purpose, as well as those who find the site by surfing the Net, to find a Web site that not only markets my products and services in an interesting way while providing valuable content, it also provides links to all sorts of informative places containing information of value.

If you've ever done business with me, check out the Useful Links button at and see if you're listed. If you're not, and you'd like to be, make sure to let me know. While you're there, visit the new Emporium to see an exciting new venture I've just begun. Two of my Olympic moments are also proudly featured. The first one, at the will award-winning METCON web site at will take place in April. Check it out.

The second one is a presentation I recently gave to my Greater Utica Rotary club on the topic, What Does a Utica Area Web Site Have to Do with A Rotary Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia -- and Who Helped Bring It About? You can see it at Only a couple of people in the audience know that it was the first time my mom, approaching 84, had seen me do my thing. I focused intently to hide the anxiety inside that wanted to do well for my Rotary colleagues and for my family. I also savored the moment.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. The 18th Olympic Winter Games demonstrated much of what these quotes represent. I think I can relate. How about you? Have a great week.

Marlene B. Brown, CEO-MarmeL Consulting: Futurist-Speaker-Writer FutureTrends, Leadership, Internet-Web Technology, Sales-Marketing PO Box 840, Clark Mills, NY 13321-0840 USA Tel: 315-853-1318 Author: TechnoTouch:Managing Change for 21st Century Leadership and TechnoTouch II: High Tech + High Touch = High Return $s Copyright 1998.

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