By SUCCESS Magazine, Special for USDR
After winning an impressive two Gold medals at the 2012 London Games, it’s hard to imagine that Gabby Douglas almost gave up gymnastics and skipped the games to take a fast-food job and try another sport. Four years after almost ending her gymnastics career, Douglas admits she now knows how crazy it all sounds. With two Gold medals adorning her neck, Douglas, the cover story of SUCCESS Magazine’s September issue, shares why she hopes to make history again with another gold medal in the 2016 games.
In “The Gifts of Gabby,” SUCCESS contributing editor Don Yaeger catches up with the American gymnast on her road to Rio to discuss failure, perseverance and the importance of family support.
“I just take one day at a time and one event at a time. When I’m focused on something, I really just home in on it and focus on that…. I’m going all out. I’ve got goals in the back of my mind. This is the main goal: Keep pushing and striving. Hating to lose goes very deep. This isn’t just about losing in competitions. Even when I do my very best, there’s still something that I feel like I could have done better. I’m such a perfectionist. Everything for me has to be perfect and very precise.”
Douglas’ gold ambition as she heads to Rio matches the perseverance of Michael Graff. In “Man Alone,” Graff takes on the wild for two days as he hikes through the largely unblemished forests of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, where more hikers have gotten lost than any other place in North Carolina. During his journey, he learns and shares the benefits of being lost and alone amid a constantly connected world.
Also Inside This Issue
SUCCESS Magazine’s September issue is all about embracing competition as a way to meet your goals and to push yourself—for yourself—to go above and beyond. Among other features, it highlights:
- Know Your Enemy—Competition isn’t always a bad thing and can be your greatest advantage. In fact, some of the greatest rivals all have one thing in common: Their rivalries make them better as individuals. Learn how transferring rivalry into your business can help transform your relations.
- The Comparison Trap—Comparing yourself to others—especially through social media—is inevitable and, if done correctly, can actually be a beneficial habit. Associate editor Jamie Friedlander dives into the complexities of comparison in a social media-driven society.
- Be the Hunter, Not the Hunted—Contributing editor Salley Deneen shares tips from the best in the business on how to land interviews and wow prospective employers with her 13-step guide.
- The Sneaky Secrets of Master Negotiators—Looking for a raise? How about that new account you know you’re perfect for? Learn the Top 15 steps to negotiating your way to a better life, including timing, empathy and talking to the right people.
- You Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark—Have you ever been the best at one thing? Average guy and SUCCESS writer Jeff Vrabel sets out to become the official Guinness World Record Holder of the most Bruce Springsteen songs identified from their lyrics in one minute (20). He learns the importance of setting goals, no matter how small or inconsequential.
For full stories, pick up the September issue, on newsstands August 9th. For more information about SUCCESS Magazine and additional personal development content, visit www.success.com.
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