As we prepare for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, it's only natural to stop and think about what we can take away from tonight as well as the next two weeks of competition.
Each athlete in the Olympic Games is competing for a chance to take home a coveted Olympic medal, but tonight's Opening Ceremony symbolizes something else entirely. Tonight is about unity, pride and teamwork.
These Olympic athletes have an honor that few us (minus our dedicated men and women in the military) ever experience: the opportunity to represent their country. While many of us will probably never represent our country on the international stage, we can't forget that we are all part of a larger whole. Whether in business as colleagues or fellow students at a university, or even simply as Americans or the human race as a whole, we are all members of a larger team. In order for the team to be successful, we all have to work together.
As Dr. Thomas Pucci, core faculty for Northcentral University's School of Education puts it, “On a truly successful team, individual goals become secondary to the goals of the organization.”
So as you watch tonight's Opening Ceremony, take a minute to remember what the Olympics teaches us about teamwork. Each country may be vying for the top spot in the medal counts, but in the end, the Olympics is a win for all of us. It's the whole team, nations from every corner of the globe coming together in one spot in peace, in unity, and yet still full of pride for their home country. What could be better?