A roll that I have taken on throughout my life has been “cheerleader.” No, I was certainly not a high school cheerleader who stood along the sidelines at football games and performed dance routines during pep-rallys. My cheerleading was done in a different way.
I made psych up mix tapes for my friends to listen to on the long bus rides to travel swim meets. I purchased thousands of dollars of poster board and markers for “poster making parties.” I cut yards of ribbon out for my teammates to wear during soccer games. I designed logos for West field hockey water bottles. I designed and sold car decals for the class of 2001. I created signs to hang on hotel doors for the Ivy league swim meet. I made crimson necklaces, crowns and headbands – because who doesn’t want to wear those at a swim meet. And my shining moment came when I collected hundreds of pictures of my team mates, depicting them swimming at the ages of 5,6 and 7 to create personalized posters with the saying ‘Remember why you swim…” before one of our big meets.
In short, I LOVE to psych people up, including myself. I could spend hours researching inspirational quotes and movie clips. From Miracle to Braveheart, Rudy to Gladiator – I could go on all day. But, I think my sister would agree, that the most inspiration video for us (and probably all swimmers) is the video of the men’s 400 freestyle relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
However, I might have a new favorite. The Director of Development at Robin Hood, Mark Bezos, was invited to give a talk at the TED conference in California a few weeks ago. They invite people to give short talks, palet cleansers, to give inbetween the main presentations. Mark gave us a preview of his talk during our last all-staff meeting, but the video below is from the real thing.
So don’t wait. Get in the game. Save the shoes.