New Castle News

February 6, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: As Winter Olympics begin, it’s time to cheer the legends of The Fall

Tim Kolodziej
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — “Get up.”

“You OK?”

“Let me brush you off.”

“Everything’s gonna be all right.”

“I love you.”

“I am here for you.”

“Try again.”

“You got this!”

“I KNOW you can do it!”



“If you want to be great tomorrow, you can’t worry about looking good today.”



Please take a moment to watch the video below.

It’s good. Really, really good.

And with the Winter Olympics set to begin tomorrow night, it hits home in a profound way.

Please join me again in this spot when you are finished. I’d love to explore the commercial’s theme even further.

OK, see you in a bit.

Enjoy!







“Life is not about how many times you fall down. It's about how many times you get back up.” — Jaime Escalante



Pretty cool, huh?

I absolutely love the progression of the children in the commercial — from wobbly toddlers to graceful Olympic champions.

All the bumps.

All the bruises.

All the spills and chills and, eventually, the thrills.

Bent often, sometimes even broken, but always ready to get back into the game.

Any mom or dad who’s watched a child compete in athletics can relate.

There are more falls than we can count.

The tears drop quicker than we can wipe them away.

Winning.

Losing.

And pretty much everything in-between.



“Talent is more about commitment than genetics.”  — Robin Sharma



Yep, I’m a sucker for sentimentality.

My children are growing up way too fast. Every time I see a commercial like this I just have to stop and look.

But there’s another message in this video that I find equally compelling — how we learn.

The baby metaphor is brilliant. Any time we acquire a new skill, that’s pretty much who we are. We meander across the room, arms stretched out, looking like young Frankensteins as we take our first steps.

Pretty soon, we’re running and playing and jumping. Now, it’s second nature. We just get up and walk.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to be in good health have walked over and over and over again.

It’s not even a thought.

Like breathing.

And then there are those moments that take our breath away.



“Dream big. It costs the same, but the payoff is bigger.” — Randy Gage



Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to see the emotional embraces at the finish line or after the performance.

We’ll see the tears of joy.

We’ll see the arms raised in triumph.

We’ll see you, Olympic champions, celebrating like most of us will never know.

Because we won’t.

We’ll never know all the hours you’ve spent in deliberate practice.

We’ll never know all the miles you’ve traveled to competitions and coaches and doctor’s appointments.

We’ll never know exactly how many times you fell on the way to the medal stand.

But we’ll see you stand tall as you accept your gold.

We’ll see you smile.

Then we’ll see your parents and coaches.

We may not know exactly what it took for you to get there.

But their faces will give us a pretty good idea.



“For teaching us that falling only makes us stronger ...”



“Get up.”

“You OK?”

“Let me brush you off.”

“You got this.”

“Everything’s gonna be all right.”

“I love you.”

“I am here for you.”

“Try again.”

“You got this!”

“You go, girl!”

“Attaboy!”

“I’m so proud of you.”

“I KNEW you could do it!”

Let The Games begin.