3 Bros

Steve and Ed on Lou’s shoulders

The Power of 3

We celebrate success. And it is completely natural to do so! But all too often, we focus more on success itself than the pathway to success.

The journey toward a goal is every bit as important as reaching the goal itself. The process of achievement involves getting to the end point as much as enjoying the victory itself.

When we succeed at something, it behooves us to examine how we did so. This process helps us make progress toward our next goal, prize, or victory. As a species, we are hunters in search of a conquest.

Our journey toward success helps us build the resolve and elasticity to overcome obstacles and forge ahead. It is the vessel that carries the courage, confidence, and optimism we bring to the next assignment or competition.

What’s more, our history of journeys comforts us and prepares our mind for future journeys. Equally important, the milestones we attain on our journey are ours alone—a status earned.

This earned respect sustains optimism.

Over the past six months, I have corresponded with numerous mothers of youthful wrestlers. These moms share stories of their sons’ development from stepping on to the mat to stepping up to the winners’ podium. Through matches—matches that test and settle—their sons are building the confidence that nurtures self-respect and self-identity.

When I have the good fortune to speak with young wrestlers, I am often asked about my greatest wrestling memory. My audience expects a response focused on the Olympics, the ultimate result. My response is unambiguous: the opportunity to share so many great memories with my brothers and be part of something larger than myself—as in helping to build the Iowa Wrestling Dynasty.

In short, my best and fondest wrestling memories come from being part of a family that created many great memories, on and off the mat, together in our earthly journey.

This is true for so many of us. We cherish being part of something larger than ourselves. It is in such circumstances that we often find our greatest successes—and our greatest sense of purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.