Team USA lists 481 Olympic Athletes on their website. From Abalo to Zverinskaya, one name on the team roster eclipses all the rest on the list of names representing the United States. Unless you live under a rock, of course you know who's dominating the airwaves these days. Just turn on the television coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and you'll remove all doubt as to who that person is.
Still not sure who I'm talking about? Let's join this story, which is already in progress:
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! ("Look! Up in the sky!" "It's a bird!" "It's a plane!" "It's Michael Phelps!")...Yes, it's Michael Phelps...strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Michael Phelps...who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as a mild-mannered swimmer for a great country's Olympic team, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way! And now, another exciting episode, in The Adventures of Michael Phelps!"
What about all the other sports? What about the Paralympians? What about the Military Athletes? Where's their story?
"Coming up, more Beach Volleyball, Women's Gymnastics Individual All-around Gold Medal competition, Track & Field's fastest Woman in the World, and MICHAEL PHELPS!"
I've got nothing for respect for the outstanding performance, achievement, and accomplishments of Michael Phelps! But, I personally think the media has gone a bit overboard. You simply can't turn on the television without his name mentioned - he is forever etched into the fabric of Olympic history along with countless frames of video montage showing all things Olympic. With stories ranging from his Mom discussing healthy eating choices with the backdrop of a famous sandwich sponsor, to "newsworthy" puff pieces on what music is playing in his pair of controversial and unofficial London 2012 styled headphones, all the media attention and hype surrounding this man seems never-ending. I'm not a hater, Michael, the media is to blame.
That said, what can we learn from someone who participated in their fourth Olympic Games, won his 22nd medal and won his 18th gold? Plenty!
When you apply for a job, you need to garner the attention of everyone at that company. You need to captivate their attention. Yes, they need to know, without a doubt, that you hung the moon! Out of 481 Applicants, you need to be the one EVERYONE is talking about! The buzz heard 'round the office needs to be about you!
Now, I'm not sure your Mother (or any other relative for that matter) would be ready, willing, or able to tell the world how great a kid you are, but you definitely need all the endorsements possible - from any credible and reliable sources. And, you've got to determine if it is a wise choice to include Family in your job hunt.
You'll need to show off all your medals too! You have plenty of Gold, Silver, and Bronze hiding in the dark recesses of your personnel file or hanging on your "I Love Me" Wall or scrapbook. Dust that stuff off, give it a shine, and hang 'em around your neck for all to see!
LeBron who? Hope who? Serena who? Ryan who? Kobe who? Misty? Gabby? Kerri? Beuller? Beuller? OK, you get the idea.
The point is this: you need to seriously reconsider what you're doing in order to stand out from the crowd! Don't wait until unemployment comes knocking at your door! Don't wait 4 years for your next shot! The time is now! Be proactive! Get your name known! Make The Phelps Effect work for you!
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