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Christopher joined a public speaking group wanting to improve his ability to communicate in front of others. Many told him how proficient he was when talking at meetings, yet he felt his thoughts weren’t expressed naturally, as he always depended on his notes. He couldn’t think of a better way to improve than by putting himself to practice.

Within a month of joining his club, Chris decided to join the speech contest. He learned and practiced many things in a month and wanted to add a personal challenge. He was going to wing his speech to find out how he’d handle the situation.

On the contest date, he greeted other contestants with an ambitious air. “You’re really ready for this, aren’t you? You must have practiced hard!” his teacher, Jesse, commented.

Chris laughed and replied, “Nope, I decided to wing it tonight.”

Jesse didn’t believe him and paid close attention to his speech. He noticed a little disorganization in content and admired Chris’ ease as he made his best effort.

As Jesse anticipated, Chris didn’t receive a medal. “Bet you’re wishing you didn’t wing it tonight, eh?”

Chris shrugged, replying, “”The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself- the invisible battles inside all of us- that’s where it’s at. Tonight was a challenge to be less dependent on planning for perfection and I’m happy with the gold in my heart.”

 

Inspired by “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself- the invisible battles inside all of us- that’s where it’s at.”- Jesse Owens