Lots of news, stories, and talk is floating around about the upcoming Olympic games.
One person who has caught my eye is Grant Hackett. He's the captain of the Australian Olympic Team. He's also a world-record swimmer.
An online article from the Australian Daily Telegraph demonstrates Hackett's incredible dedication to obtaining his best performance in the 2008 Olympics. Near the end of the story's account of Hackett's grueling practice regime, he is quoted saying:
"People see the events on TV, but they don't see the day-to-day work and the level of exhaustion you reach, but that's what it takes to get to this level.''
This is a great example of what it means to pay the price in order to achieve something.
In the world of student leadership, people may see a student leader who gets an office, or gets to stand in front of a lot of people, or gets a cool t-shirt that says "student leader." But what they don't see, or don't bother to see, is the immense amount of work that goes into being a student leader.
It's those who look beyond the perks and are willing to pay the price that make the best student leaders. And from what I've read and studied about Grant Hackett...paying the price makes amazing swimmers as well.
Check out this amazing underwater video of Grant Hackett in action.