I have been reading the sports page and sports magazines for as long as I can remember. But I don’t know if I ever remember seeing a successive string of story lines with such an emphasis on athletes who have excelled do their character & mental toughness. After 20+ years of Machiavellian fueled ascension, and the inevitable downfall that followed, I believe we are hungry for a way to seek sustainable, whole, success. Our greatest struggle seems to be finding a mutually agreeable way to convey the message we all seem to have an interest in. Rather than getting caught up in semantics, Tebow notwithstanding, emphasis has been placed on the least common denominators we can all agree on: definable traits and acts of character & mental toughness.
A generation of sports stars soared to historic heights only to have their success soiled by news of using performance enhancing drugs and/or their failure to behave in an appropriate manner off the field or court. Likewise, we had a generation of business and finance stars reaching amazing heights due to the economic equivalent. Their fate, as well as those of politicians and others, the same.
While there have been and always will be sinners and saints in all areas of society, it’s nice to see the light shine on people who not only have great natural ability, but have also found a way to set themselves apart; not through an easy and narcissistic act anyone could repeat, but through the difficult and admirable ways of character and mental toughness.