In searching for a definition for success, winning an Olympic gold medal would certainly seem to qualify.
Shelby native Curt Tomasevicz, a member of the USA Olympic 4-man bobsled gold medal team, spoke to an assembly in Albion Monday night, using his own experiences as an example of “Finding Your Own Personal Success”.
Tomasevicz gave an outline for all individuals to find success for themselves, but also noted it was very important to achieve that success the correct way.
He began his presentation recounting his own personal history, leading up to the thrill of winning a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Tomasevicz says his life since winning the gold medal has been an enjoyable whirlwind, with such honors as attending a White House ceremony and appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, making television appearances and speaking in cities across the nation.
He said he always remembers his small-town roots, however, and the support he has always received from Shelby. He often looks back and reflects on the hard work, discipline and integrity taught by his high school and college coaches.
Tomasevicz drew on his recollection of Jim Valvano’s famous ESPN speech concerning finding personal success. Although only 11 years old at the time, he remembered Valvano saying there were three keys to finding success – 1) Knowing where you’ve been; 2) Knowing where you are; and 3) Knowing where you’re going.
Tomasevicz says he always remembers where he’s from (Shelby) and encouraged everyone to embrace their roots and support systems. He said it was important for each individual to be aware of their present situation and, if not happy with it, make a plan to fix it. And, finally, he said it is important to make goals and strive to accomplish them.
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