Florence Griffith Joyner (1959 - 1998) was known as the "Fastest Woman in the World" for setting two Olympic track and field records during her career. She amazed spectators with her speed and grace as she competed on the international athletic arena.
During her career she won three Olympic gold medals and two silver medals. As a female African-American Joyner was an inspiration to young girls and black females in particular due to her professionalism and attitude.
But as successful and admired as Joyner was she did not want others to aspire to be like her.
“Don’t aspire to be like me,” Joyner said, “Be better, _________.”
How would you fill in the blank?
- Shoot higher.
- Reach for the stars.
- Find your own path.
- Dream bigger.
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Unfortunately Joyner’s speed could not out run an early death. She died in her sleep in 1998 as a result of an epileptic seizure.
This is another installment of a series of quotes by notable athletes. Sports figures are often known for their athletic prowess but through their career they also learn business principles and relationship techniques. This is one reason they make such good motivational speakers on such topics as team work, goal achievement and personal success.
“Motivational quotes are a great way to set a positive tone at the beginning of a week, workday or meeting,” says Williams. “By adding some information about the person being quoted you create credibility for the speaker and make the quote more impactful.”
This series is based on a motivational series from getmaximpact.com and is used by permission.