Michael Phelps has suddenly become THE poster child for Attention Deficit Disorder – diagnosed at the age of nine and told by a teacher that he would never achieve in life. Of course, Michael proved his teacher wrong. Through pure dedication, persistence and a clear, unobstructed vision, Michael DID achieve his Olympic goal of winning ‘Nine Gold Olympic Medals’. Michael is truly a wonderful inspiration to youth and adults with ADHD.
Here’s what Michael says on ‘Sacrifice and Learning from Mistakes’:
“Growing up in high school, I wasn’t hanging out with friends every day or on the weekends. Doing normal high-school things was something I was willing to give up.”
Phelps stepped out and devoted himself to a seemingly unachievable goal. Hard work does in fact pay off, and by applying your talents and avoiding the temptation to divert along the way, you’ll reach your own podium.
Learning from Mistakes
“Having my DUI happen was a learning experience. Being in a college environment, it’s my job to try and help make sure people don’t make the same mistake I made. I’ve learned so much, just from having an experience like that, and I think I’ve gown up more from that experience than from before.”
Much like your own, Phelps’ life isn’t without setbacks, failings and challenges. Following his DUI arrest at 19, Phelps visited several elementary schools, warning children about the importance of making good choices. By accepting responsibility for his actions, Michael learned from his mistake and made the best of an unfortunate situation.