Winning Gold

15 Feb

With the Olympics going on in Russia , I have thought a lot about the athletes in competition.  What they have done to get to the level they are at right now, competing in front of the world for a gold medal.  Some of these athletes’ whole lives have led up to this moment, when the whistle blows or the gun fires and they finally have a chance to show everyone back home what they have been working for, and how hard they are willing to fight to get it.

When most people watch the Olympics on TV they may be amazed at how fast people can ski, or how high skaters can jump.  But what I am most impressed by is the background work, their dedication to their sport in all the years leading up to the games.  I have so much respect for these athletes who were willing to give up a lot to get to where they are today.

When you are an elite athlete, or elite in any profession, you don’t live like other people who aren’t chasing a dream.  You are always focused on your dream and you make sure everything you do is going to help you accomplish that dream, if it doesn’t help, it isn’t worth your time.  When athletes are in training I’m sure they pass up opportunities to do things that are good, like going out with their friends or taking the night off to relax with their families, to attain something that is great, their gold medal.

They are so dedicated to their dream and their goals that people might even think they are a little crazy.  But people should think they are crazy, because people without a dream don’t know what its like to have one.  When you have a dream that you really believe in and are willing to give up everything for, its not hard to give up the good things for the great.  Most people don’t understand that, and wont ever understand that because they don’t have that kind of passion in their life.

When Raylene and I were running for our goal of financial freedom, never being financially obligated to go to work 40 hours a week, people thought we were crazy for giving up some of  the things we did.  We didn’t go home to visit our family for years, and it wasn’t because we didn’t love them or didn’t miss them, we did for sure, but we knew if we stuck it out and accomplished out goals, we could see them whenever we wanted.  We missed family events, we missed things that our friends invited us to.  They would have been good to go to, we would have had fun, we would have laughed and enjoyed ourselves, but they would not have helped us secure our financial future.  That was the main goal.  We listened to our coaches, Claude and Lana Hamilton, and by sticking to our main goal and sacrificing the good for the great we are now able to spend every minute we want with our son Beau.  We never have to go to a job again, trading time for money while paying someone to watch our child.  We get to raise him ourselves.

When you live like this, you should make others really uncomfortable because you’re always talking about your dream and your goals.  I’m sure the Olympic athletes, in the years leading up to the games are constantly talking about and visualizing their goals, winning their medal, standing on the podium and hearing their national anthem play.  Talking about these things would make others without any goals really uncomfortable.  This feeling, I believe, comes from the realization that everyone has a choice.  A choice to be great or be average.  Olympic athletes have chosen to be great, they have picked something and devoted their lives to it.  We all have a choice to excel at something, but some people don’t make that choice. Their discomfort is a feeling that comes from knowing they could be doing more than they are.  Sometimes that discomfort is enough to motivate them into making a choice, setting a goal and running after a dream.

I encourage you to get a dream, make some people uncomfortable, and run after it with everything you’ve got.

God Bless,




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23 Responses to Winning Gold

  1. Scott Staley

    February 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome blog Wayne! Thanks for being a worthy example to follow.

  2. Wade Hamblin

    February 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Man alive! What great insight to be watching during the oplympics Wayne. Most people would never relate the athletes “dream, struggle, victory” to their own personal story. Thanks for sharing! It will be known in the spot light the effort and sacrifice made when the lights were out.

  3. Carrianne

    February 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    As always a fantastic blog Wayne!!

    Watching Canada on top of the podium and hearing our anthem played has always made me tear up with pride.

    Going the distance, discipline, devotion and drive for purpose and passion. All things we see less and less of in today’s society.

    Thank you for being such amazing examples of that excellence. There was not a dry eye in the convention hall when you and Raylene stepped up to the podium, to claim your “Gold”! The MacNamara’s & Hamilton’s are fantastic examples of great Canadian leadership. Making a difference in so many peoples lives!

    May God continue to to bless you, as you continue to bless others.

    Love yas xo

  4. Joseph P Keller

    February 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Fired up Wayne you are so right its amazing to see these athletes reach inside and give it their all 110% fighting for a few seconds on a podium to represent their countries. To stand tall and proud and yet people fighting for their own freedoms doing something different are looked at as crazy. You have proven to me to not worry about what others think but to strive for excellence and allow time to prove you right and that you did. So proud to fight the fight for whats right alongside giants like yourself and Claude and many others. For champions never quite fighting for whats right till the end.

  5. Marianne Keller

    February 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    What an awesome post Wayne you are so right ! “When you have a dream that you really believe in and are willing to give up everything for, its not hard to give up the good things for the great.” You and Raylene are an amazing example to us.

    You have chosen to be great and have picked something and devoted your lives to it just like the gold medal winners have done in Sochi. We are with you all the way and are following your footsteps.

    Thank you for standing up making a difference and leading the way.

  6. Kody Ellis

    February 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    The olympics have been amazing this past week Wayne! It’s hard to imagine how hard these athletes actually work to make it to this stage in their respective sport. The training, commitment and dedication they put in for four years just for the chance to win a medal for their country.

    Awesome blog Wayne!


  7. Tim Hatfield

    February 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    True words, from a from great leader.

  8. kim ansty

    February 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I love that your blog is so current. I had an opportunity to watch some olympic events this week. It really made me reflect on how hard these athletes have worked to get where they are. Then you piggy backed those thoughts with this blog. Love it!

  9. Matt Carter

    February 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Awesome blog by an awesome dude! It’s so crazy that in the Olympics most differences between gold and silver is within hundredths of a second. So close. Train hard win hard!

  10. Patrick Clowater

    February 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Great Blog my Friend!

    You are so correct when you discuss the behind the scenes work that all these Olympic athletes do. I have struggled on many occasions just to lose some weight by watching my diet and excercising but found myself getting frustrated and falling back into bad habits. I cannot even imagine how many hours they have invested just to earn the chance to win a Gold medal. The sacrifice, drive and long-term focus they must have is amazing.

    I see many friends financing their vacations, possessions, Christmas’s and entertainment just for the short-term happiness, while still struggling to pay their bills and keep their jobs. on the other hand we have seen many people in Life delay their gratification and miss out on family events and vacations because they are running for financial freedom.

    Thank you Wayne and Raylene for leading from the front and showing others what is possible!

    God Bless

  11. Monique Hoffer

    February 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    What a fantastic truth.
    It’s ALL about choices. And, when you choose to do something extraordinary, other people get uncomfortable, because they to could strive for excellence, instead of settling for mediocre.

  12. Rick Green

    February 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Well said, Wayne. Success IS on the other side of inconvenience!

    Aspire for GREATNESS!

  13. Glen Martin

    February 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t even know what to say . Wayne what you said sounds amazing ! . Im glad i met a guy like you in my life . Im happy as can be an don’t want that to change ever.

  14. Patrick Clowater

    February 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Great Blog Wayne, You are our Gold Medal Winner. Thanks for leading from the front. You have always taught us to run until the last second.

    God Bless


  15. chad waters

    February 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Wayne

    Great blog and perspectives. This is a subject truly champions understand.

    Thanks for paving the way!

    God Bless

  16. Dave Begley

    February 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    How true Wayne dreams and goals combined can be an unstoppable force in the Olympics and life . You and Raylene are proof of that fact .



  17. Hynes

    February 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Awesome blog as usual, thanks for setting the example for us to follow. Short term pain for long term gain.

  18. Stu Hall

    February 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    It all comes down to choice. Live a life of mediocrity or live a life of excellence. Being a champion in anything is all about giving up what might seem good at the time to do something great in the future. I have the utmost respect for Olympians. They have given up a ton of good things for a chance to be great.
    Thanks for the awesome perspective Wayne. Great blog.

  19. Debbie Brooks

    February 16, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Great blog, We are just like the Olympians if we want something bad enough we need to keep working for our goal. We need to give up some things to reach those goals but in the end it is all worth it.

    Go Canada!, Go Kaizen!

  20. Aaron Knelsen

    February 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Thanks for the blog! Your shared wisdom & perspective is always good to learn from.

  21. David Smale

    February 16, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Great job Wayne. What a great insight, as to what these athletes give up for what maybe a two minute event. That event could be won or lost by 1/100 of a second, and yet some people won’t get off the couch, so they can live their life like a gold metal champion

  22. Clara

    February 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Amazing Wayne, true words , you are a great leader great mentor , love the blog , if we reach for the stars we can make anything happen, and like the champs they have a amazing coach , so if we put our challenges on the line we hve a amazing coach that will help us defeat those challenges and become a number one player,
    Thanks for the words again it was amazing

  23. John Kraft

    February 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Great blog Wayne, that was well said and you have been an amazing example of that. I love your saying, “never let them see your headlights.”



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