There are times when you are caught in your tracks and you have to slow down to take a second look at something. Such is the case with Matt Woodrum, an 11 year old from Worthington, Ohio who attempts the impossible on a daily basis. When asked to participate in his schools running day, he decided to volunteer to run the longest race, the 440 yard dash. Not necessarily astonishing for an 11 year old, except Matt has cerebral palsy which limits his ability to walk, let alone run. In an interview with ESPN Matt said, “It’s really fun for me to go as fast as I can. I’m not really a fan of going that slow.” This is the thing of champions! The thing that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. As I watched the clip, I was in awe. I was caught in my tracks. I was inspired. Matt is not only a champion in his own right, but has the love and support of his family, his friends at school, and in this case an Elementary School Phys Ed teacher who believes in him. That is also inspiring.
What inspires you? Is it the work you do? Is it the time you spend with your family and friends? As I watched Matt Woodrum run around that track I did a little reflecting and asked myself that question. I felt blessed that my inspiration comes from a variety of places. In fact, every day I get up and have the opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring people in the world. I have over 2,000 partners who inspire me in the field as a part of the Citrix Service Provider program. I have a dozen people I work with who are tenacious about their job and “have each others’ back”. I’m inspired by a manager/coach who believes in what we are doing. We started this thing in July of 2009 on a wing and a prayer and many believed it wouldn’t amount to much. Now it’s a flourishing business and growing faster than anyone expected… all because of the people and partners that make it happen. That’s inspiring too!
There is an old adage that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. It just so happens I work and partner with “tough” people. Not so much tough in the sense of bravado, but in character. Thank you to the thousands of participants in this race that has led to so much success in such a short period of time.
The next time you need some inspiration, just look around. You may be surprised by the people right outside your door who work, partner and coach you. I know I am.