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What's Really Behind Lance's Spectacular Success?

By Michael Angier
May 10, 2006

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Is it any wonder our readers last year selected Lance
Armstrong as one of the 101 most successful people
in the world?

For almost a decade, this champion has dominated
professional cycling. When he announced this year
he was retiring after the 2005 Tour de France,
hardly anyone questioned the likelihood of his s
eventh consecutive win.

There are many reasons why Lance is such a legend.
And there are many reasons why he was able to
overcome his bout with cancer and still wear the
yellow jersey for so long.

Armstrong has many skills. He has great strength
and endurance. He has the best equipment. He has
experience. He's consistent. He's smart. He's
persistent. And much more.

But in my opinion, what drives it all, what creates
the will and ability to win--and win again--is Lance's
dogged determination.

You don't ride nearly 2500 grueling miles in one
race without it. You don't maintain the attention,
the consistency and the competitive edge without it.

It takes guts to compete against nearly 200 of the
world's best cyclists over a three-week period.

Think of the years of training. Think about the heat,
the burning muscles, the long hard mountain climbs
and the scary runs down winding mountain roads.
Consider everything that goes into winning--and

An interviewer once asked Lance, "Who or what was
your primary focus during your battle with cancer?"
His answer: "Easy. I was only focused on living."

Are there other racers who are stronger? Probably.
Are there other racers who are younger? Sure. Are
there others who are better sprinters? Yes, of

But nobody--for the last seven years anyway--has
demonstrated the shear determination Armstrong has
used to create the belief and the drive to become
a cancer survivor and an unprecedented seven-time
winner of the world's most prestigious bicycle race.

Action Point
What are you determined to accomplish? What MUST
you achieve? Make a list of goals you are committed
to fulfilling.

Discover what you are willing to be the very best
at doing. Because when you have something important
enough, when you are DETERMINED enough, you will win.

You can read more about Lance and 100 other champions in
"101 Best Ways to Get Ahead". http://101BestWays.com

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