I assume you’ve heard of Gerek Meinhardt?
How about Matt Pierce?
Maybe Taylor Cummings?
Interestingly enough, all three of these people were or are ranked number one in the world.
Greek Meinhardt is a two-time Olympian and was the first U.S. foil fencer to earn the Number 1 World Ranking in 2014.
Matt Pierce is the North American Champion and competed in the Catan World Championships for North America in 2014. Yes, the board game Settlers of Catan.
Taylor Cummings won the Tewaaraton Award as the best woman’s lacrosse player in the United States. It’s the Heisman of Lacrosse. She was also the first sophomore to win the award.
It’s amazing the worlds there are in the world.
Running. Swimming. Biking. Chess. Jazz. Band. Choir. Debate. Investment. Drama. Dancing.
The list goes on and on. There are rankings, there are training, there are camps, there are competitions, there are ways to get higher up the ladder.
I meet the most interesting people who are doing some of the most amazing things who never get recognized for anything outside of their world because they aren’t in one of the worlds that matter to the larger world.
It’s taught me to approach everyone with humility, curiosity, creativity, and the ability to listen… as I never know who I’m talking to. I may have no idea - and they may have no idea - how great we are.