Michael Phelps has a book out. It's about the drive that took him to his unprecedented success in the Olympics. The title is No Limits and it's a fast read.
The thing I find the most interesting is the behind-the-scenes of his success. A couple of the questions raised are:
What does it actually take to perform with excellence and how does one keep the focus intact when trying to accomplish the final goal?
Everyone who works out regularly knows that it takes discipline and dedication to keep at it. The metaphor could be extended to other pursuits, of course. Phelps' book might just inspire a few to keep at it.
Also, here is the athlete on the Colbert Report this past week.