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10 Life Lessons We Can All Learn from Olympians

By Sunny Chanel |

What can a 16-year-old girl teach my family about life, work, triumph, tenacity, and loss? Apparently, a whole lot.

Recently I spent 9+ hours sitting in the stands of a stadium with my usually squirrely 6-year-old. Nine hours of butts on plastic seats, which is a shocking feat coming from a kindergartener who is all action, a girl who likes to jump, run, and play. But she and I were both completely entranced as we watched the United States Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Finals at the sold-out HP Pavilion in the heart of San Jose, California — a place where the Sharks do their hockey thing and Bruce Springsteen plays when in town.

As my daughter and I were camped out on our butts, we were in awe  of the physical specimens of muscle, bones, and blood that were performing amazing feats in front of our eyes. While we watched these teenagers and young adults — some as young as 16! — put on a display of talent and determination, all I could think about was how this was an unforgettable and teachable moment not just for my little girl, but for me.

We may not be able to do a back-layout, run 100 meters in 10.8 seconds, or jump a 5.96 meter pole vault but we can still learn from all Olympic level athletes.

Here are 10 important life lessons we can all learn from our Olympians.

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The Olympics: 10 Things We Can All Learn from Our Olympians

Be Goal-oriented

Olympians are — as many a job hunter looks for — “goal-oriented,” but to an extreme. Although their goal may be winning a medal, their dedication over years and years to a single objective is admirable. Many of us often lose sight of our goals and get bogged down in the day-to-day. To have a dream and do everything you can to work toward it is something we can all put in our pocket and carry with us.

Photos By Sunny Chanel
Gold Medal Image via IStockPhoto

Full Disclosure: The author participated in a press junket for the above coverage and was the guest of the Universal Pictures for their film McKenna Shoots for the Stars while attending. Any opinions presented here are purely held by its author and do not reflect those held by the American Girl Doll company or Universal.
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Since 2007 Sunny Chanel has written thousands of pieces for Babble. She currently writes for Babble's celebrity, moms, and Disney voices sections and has her own blog aptly named Sunny Chanel. You can find Sunny on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sunny's latest posts →

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