8/10/12 Weekend Imagination Igniters: Olympic Thoughts

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For most of us, the weekend is less agenda-driven and more relaxed than our usual weekday. You're more likely to slip into that state of relaxed alertness that psychologists call "alpha." That's when you're most likely to have creative thoughts.

The Summer Olympics are making their quadrennial visit to living rooms everywhere. Paper publications and the blogosphere are filled with lessons learned from the events and the athletes. I try to look for lessons that aren't the usual "set-goals-and-work-hard" stuff. This year I found something in the story of Mexican diver Paola Espinosa.

The headline in Hispanic Business sparked a question. It read, "Mexico's Olympic Diver Retires After Winning Silver." Here's a key line from the story.

"Espinosa has become something of a historic figure for Mexico as the only Mexican woman ever to win two medals in diving."

So there you are, a legend and historic figure and you're retiring. What do you do next? What's the second act?

Someone asked Linus Pauling what you do after you win a Nobel Prize. Pauling's answer: "Change fields."

Surely Ms Espinosa and other retiring Olympic athletes will take some time to bask in their achievement. Just getting to the Olympics is an achievement. Winning a medal is a huge achievement. And if you're an historic figure … wow. What next?

That's my thought starter for you this weekend. What do you do after you achieve that Big Hairy Audacious Goal that dominated your life for years?

How do you create a meaningful and successful second act?

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