It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~Author unknown, commonly mis-attributed to Charles Darwin.
The word “champion” has diverse significances for each of us. For me, the word has changed so many times over the years, and makes me realize that each time I felt passionately enough about something (to need to be a champion) was a time that contributed to my fundamental self.
That being said, here I sit: a father, husband, son, author, and skating coach. We all change and reinvent ourselves constantly. Change keeps us going! But I wasn’t always a skating coach, author, etc. My journey started on a lake where my passion grew each time my feet touched the ice. “I was addicted to the thrill of it all.” (Champion Mindset, p. 21)
My delight for the ice was satisfied on that lake until eventually my town built a new rink and formed a figure skating club. From that point on, ice skating dominated my thoughts, and I often doodled figure skating shapes in my notebook margins. (more…)