Inspiration is guaranteed each and every Olympics.
Watching the best in the world compete in so many sports is a powerful reminder of what it takes to excel.
It reminds us, as well, that if you're pursuing excellence of any type, being able to push over, around, or through the barriers you inevitably find somewhere on the road to your goal is an important part of success.
Here are a few pursuit of excellence thoughts from others who knew the path, too:
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Nothing at all will be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
We will either find a way, or make one.