Dream Like A Champion :
My father was a legendary ski champion who won 17 national titles and had a hand in developing the great ski resorts at Sun Valley, Alta, and Aspen. I am not the champion he was … not even close. However, from him I learned lessons that can help you embrace the changes you face into opportunities to grow. As he said so many times:
“Not everybody is going to be lucky enough to be a champion,
but everybody can dream like a champion.”
What you take away from the keynote presentation titled Dream Like A Champion are three ideas on how you can link the logical and creative sides of your mind to embrace the changes you encounter as opportunities to grow:
1. You are reminded how important it is to analyze your natural talents and imagine the wonderful things that you can do with your gifts as you watch Dick grow from a teenager on a road trip pretending to be a photojournalist to traveling the world as a staff photographer for National Geographic. In his journey you learn how, with unrelenting tenacity, you can open the door to opportunities in every facet of your life, your professional life and your personal life.
2. You are encouraged to venture out of your comfort zone and connect with people from other walks of life, people who can broaden your horizon. In a dramatic series of pictures from the war in Vietnam, you are reminded that by looking people in the eyes you connect with them. When you connect with people, you understand them a little better. When you understand people, you understand their needs. And when you understand people’s needs, you figure out how to help them.
3. You discover that it is not enough to travel far out into the world, that you also have to journey deep into yourself to where your core values live. From Dick’s experiences as an advertising photographer, you see how important it is to harness your natural talents and your skills to your core values in order to create enriching possibilities in your life.
Isn’t that what we are all trying to do … create possibility in life?