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Updated: Feb 25, 2022

I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. And that's really how I've always lived my life.”

- Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history. Over the course of his swimming career, he has participated in five Olympics, winning a total of 28 medals, 23 of them gold. No other Olympian has come close to this feat.

And yet, regardless of his spectacular accomplishments, Michael Phelps considers himself a “normal” person. Most, however, would disagree with this humble self-assessment. His talent and drive are anything but ordinary.

But talent and drive are only part of the force behind his achievement. The rest is passion.

Passion breathes life into natural talent, giving it purpose and meaning. Passion gives a sense of excitement and joy to the hard work of cultivating that talent. Passion inspires dreams and provides the desire to meet them.

Passion makes the ordinary extraordinary.

Don’t settle for ordinary. Unleash your passion . . . and prepare for extraordinary.

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