Do you enjoy watching the Olympics? I do. I find it motivating and energizing to see people work so hard to reach their highest potential.

Isn’t it interesting that most of us sit in our recliners with snacks in hand content to watch the Olympians reach unbelievable records … but how do they do it? Commentators tell us that many of them were born with physical attributes that made their bodies perfect for their sport. But no one can overlook the fact that it took hours, months and years of training. Commitment, determination, perseverance and hard work are the keys to their success.

Peter Vidmar, a former Olympic gold and silver medal gymnast said, “To be an Olympic Champion, you only have to work out two times – when you feel like and when you don’t feel like it.” That doesn’t just apply to Olympic champions. It applies to you and me.

Perseverance is the number one thing that will catapult you to success.

Great stories grab attention. Telling stories is a universal human behavior. It is the one area where a higher education often works against us. We are trained to strive for the right answer and perform for authority. Somewhere in the process we lose the natural ability to tell stories.

My Dad was known for his stories. He only had the opportunity to get a fifth grade education but up until a few days prior to his passing at 86 years, he still entertained his visitors in the hospital room with his stories.

Being a great storyteller is learned. Like any other skill it takes hard work.

Being a great entrepreneur or speaker who uses great storytelling, takes practice.