Bradbury is a speed skater from Australia. Australia might been regarded as a good sporting country but it shocked that they have never won a Winter Olympic Gold Medal until 2002. So, this is a little story of Bradbury.

In the quarter final, Bradbury came third (only the first two go through) but one of the others who finished ahead of him was disqualified, meaning Bradbury advanced to the semi finals.

In the semi final, Bradbury was coming last when three others in the race crashed leaving him to come second and advance to the final.

So, it’s time for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games Short Track 1000 metres event. Check this out:

Steve Bradbury’s ‘lucky’ win in the 1000 meters speed skating is video footage that gets played regularly on Australian TV and he’s become something of a symbol of the Aussie Spirit. He even had a postage stamp!

So, why has Steven Bradbury’s victory got anything to do with Financial Planning & Financial Intelligence?

When I first watched the video, two things came to mind.

1. Begin with the end in Mind with a MIND TO WIN!

According to Denis Watley, the reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Bradbury was acutely aware of the possibility of collisions after his semi-final race. In an interview after the race he said:

“I was the oldest bloke in the field and I knew that, skating four races back to back, I wasn’t going to have any petrol left in the tank. So there was no point in getting there and mixing it up because I was going to be in last place anyway. So (I figured) I might as well stay out of the way and be in last place and hope that some people get tangled up.”

Bradbury definitely had the mind to win and he was constantly putting himself in a position to win! So, if you are not willing to enter the race, what are you chances of winning it? The thing is this.. Most of us are already in the Rat Race and we have to be play the game.. The question really is, are you putting yourself in the POSITION TO WIN?

2. A Decade of Hard Slog

In an interview after winning his gold, he said:

“Obviously I wasn’t the fastest skater. I don’t think I’ll take the medal as the minute-and-a-half of the race I actually won. I’ll take it as the last decade of the hard slog I put in.”

While one group of people that I talk to have unrealistic expectations of their financial destiny, they never seem to do anything about it and spend like a king! They spend most of their time shopping for branded goods, gaming, clubbing, drinking, etc.

Another group of people that I talk to focus on Personal Development Activities like reading, listening to CDs and taps, talking to people with good core values, attending the right seminars, etc.

As I read Bradbury talk about his 12 years of sacrifice, hardship and commitment, it struck me that there was so much more to his story than the minute-and-a-half moment.Like what it say in Ecclesiastes 10:10 in the Bible:

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.

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