Monday, October 8, 2012


What does it take to be the best in the world at something? To be at the pinnacle of a career, a sport?

Lately, I've been thinking about what it means to be "extraordinary." Something more than "ordinary." People who make the biggest impact on history all have one thing in common: they weren't ordinary. They had something inside themselves that allowed them to see past "ordinary" and "normal" and to be "extraordinary" and "great."

The Olympia was two weeks ago, and during that weekend, the best in the world were crowned - or in some cases, re-crowned. Phil Heath, Iris Kyle, Flex Lewis, Erin Stern, Adela Garcia, and Nathalia Melo are all the #1 athletes in their respective divisions.

Erin Stern, Phil Heath, Adela Garcia, Flex Lewis, Nathalia Melo
Instead of being happy and showing admiration and respect for these athletes, some people have chosen to disagree with the judges' decisions, to criticize the methods used to prepare for the show, and to write negative comments about the athletes. I don't understand this mentality. These athletes have just proven that whatever they did to earn their placing was effective. These athletes did things other people won't or can't do.

Passion will cause you to do things average people won't do.

These athletes are far from average. They're extraordinary.

In the electronic age, with the opportunity to criticize and insult people with just a few simple keystrokes, some people feel justified in posting negative comments and contrasting opinions. While I fully support freedom of speech, I don't support rudeness, ignorance, or just plain stupidity.

Instead of questioning an athlete's methods of prep, why not simply congratulate him or her on a job well done? Why not admire them for doing something that others won't do because it's too difficult or too time consuming? Why not congratulate them on achieving the highest honor in the bodybuilding industry?

Every body is different, so obviously one person's approach to prep is going to be vastly different than someone else's method. No need to compare or to judge. No need to cloud the victory with undercurrents of negativity or skepticism.

I admire everyone who does something extraordinary, who makes the decision to step out of their comfort zone. It not only takes a deep passion inside, it takes the ability to focus on the goal, on the end result, and to ignore any and all negativity from others - from people who are simply ordinary.

What are you passionate about? What extraordinary things are you doing? Do you encounter any negativity from others?


  1. I agree. Whenever I've encountered negativity, I've always found it was linked to jealousy. Most people are not afraid to tear down someone great from behind an anonymous keyboard, knowing that they could never get to where that athlete has gotten.

  2. Another reason why I find you so inspiring Kari. You were born to lead! Ohhh, and I agree whole heartedly with your statement. It's so easy to tear someone down, but it takes a person of true strength and character to build someone up. That my friend is a leader.