When Culture kills Character! Lance Armstrong is not alone..
Posted by HRMexplorer
There is no question that what he did was wrong; he does not need the world to tell him that, he knows. He has to live the rest of his life with his demons.
Let’s think for a moment!
It is easy for us to judge and many of course would say, “that we would never do that!” and many wouldnt.
Many of us will never face the pressure that comes with the highest of success and the incredible pressure that sustains people when they are the “best of the best” and appearing and being invincible is what everybody else tells them, and wants them to be because they also benefit.
Lance Armonstrong has many virtues that we all would like to aspire to have:
- The courage and determination that overcomes cancer at all costs.
- The competitiveness that brings success and self-realization.
- The personal drive that says its possible to be the best.
- A belief that whoever you are and wherever you came from you can do it and that gives hope to others.
- An inner confidence to always believe in yourself.
- A focus that brings all you have to the job in hand.
I have always been a Lance Armstrong fan and will always be in awe of what he did.
He did it at a time when the environment and culture we hear condoned what became a level playing field. There is no question thought the raw talent was there. It was the environment he mentioned that he worked in and had to adapt to.
You see sometimes it is simply too hard to not be the best. And don’t we all adapt?
THAT’S NO DIFFERENT FOR MANY OF US.
The fact is that many of us are also in some way diminished by the environment we work and live in.
Many of us have worked in a “toxic environment” that has “cowed” us in some shape or form. That has asked much of our character.
There are many instances that we “tow the line” or condone things that “we” would not do but….
I ask my class to think about how they would perform if we had two side by side glass bowls one filled with car fumes etc and one with fresh air and then we were set free to perform. What would your performance be like then?
It is just that for some the fall from grace is much harder, further and more damaging. The way back is much longer and tougher.
We know the right thing to do but all to often doing the right thing is often harder then “going with the flow.”
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Posted on January 19, 2013, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged character, ESPN The Magazine, Getty Images, Health, Keith Olbermann, Lance, Lance Armstrong, Level playing field, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Tour de France, Use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.