Inspiration from Bruce Jenner
Estimated Lesson Time: 2 minutes (self-evaluated option) / less than a minute (instructor-evaluated option)
Bruce Jenner (1949–) earned the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete” by winning the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Note: This was written before “Bruce” became “Caitlyn.” Using the pronouns “he” and “him” as well as the name “Bruce” was appropriate at the time of this writing and no disrespect was meant.
Success is overcoming adversity. Jenner grew up terrified of reading due to dyslexia, but he says his struggles with the reading disorder helped him learn to overcome adversity. “I firmly believe that deep in their soul everyone has a champion that can overcome obstacles and do great things.”
Success is hard work. “You have to work hard at things to be good,” Jenner says. When preparing for the Olympics, he trained six to eight hours every day for four years.
Success is loving and pursuing what you are good at. Jenner does appear to have the aptitude for athletic ability. Jenner writes in his book, “By the time I turned two, I’d already developed a big chest, wide shoulders and boundless energy, prompting my dad to nickname me ’Bruiser’.”
Success is in the attitude. “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”
Success is moving forward. Unlike many who go downhill after their 15 minutes of fame, Jenner’s success in life continues to this day. Besides an Olympic gold medalist, Jenner is known to millions as a motivational speaker, TV personality, sports commentator, commercial spokesperson, entrepreneur, actor, producer, and a terrific father of ten children.
Success is being a positive role model for others. Jenner leads by example. He wants his kids to take their health seriously, so he eats healthy meals.
Success is not in what you do, but how you do it. Jenner teaches his kids how to meet goals and free their harshest critic and best cheerleader: the champion within. “I don’t care what arena kids choose to play in–sports, music, school, figure skating–I encourage my kids to find something in life to get excited about when they wake up in the morning.”
Success is remaining humble. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Jenner states he would like to be remembered as a good parent.
Success is found in good advice. “Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.”
[Sources: http://brucejenner.com, http://iparenting.com, http://abilitymagazine.com]
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Some discussion questions (some may not apply to this lesson):
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