My other company, velofix (www.velofix.com), is the support for the cycling events at the Invictus Games here in Toronto. While each nation has a team of athletes, each individual has had to overcome incredible odds to be here today.
For those of you who don’t know, the Invictus Games is a parasport event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans. There are adaptive sports geared to the abilities of the participants.
Yes, there is often a support crew and team members to talk to and joke with, to commiserate with and with whom to share the joy. However, these people didn’t just serve their countries, they served at the cost of lost limbs, at lost vision, and suffer from the trauma of PTSD. For many, the challenge of being able to compete in the Games is their way back from the brink.
There truly are others who have been through the same thing and that helps but each person deals with their own demons differently. Sometimes they have only themselves to lean on and that they do.
This adds perspective to my life when I think about the challenges I face. I can’t think of anything I have faced as daunting as these incredibly brave people. This make me try harder to resolve issues in business and to look for solutions, sometimes where solutions aren’t expected to be.
Relying on yourself doesn’t mean you can’t accept the help of someone else. It just means that sometimes you have to first dig deeper than you have before. It means you should expect more of yourself than you had previously. And it means that you are stronger than you thought when you settled; when you walked away without a solution.
Realize the power of one; the power of you and, as they say in the Invictus Games, be the master of your fate, the captain of your soul.