4 life lessons health insurance agents can learn from Olympic athletes

The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be kicking off in Sochi, Russia in a few short days, which got us to thinking; those Olympic athletes have really surpassed some major hurdles to get there.

If only the rest of us would take a page from their book, maybe we could all get a little closer to making it to our own personal or professional "Olympics". We put together a list of success stories and takeaways (from this year's USA athletes) that health insurance agents can follow to help them overcome their greatest challenges.

After all, the health insurance industry is facing one of (if not the) biggest hurdles with the implementation or healthcare reform and all that comes with it.

1. Lolo Jones - Bobsled

You may have heard her name in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Games or in 2012 at the London Games. This year, Lolo Jones is competing in her third Olympics, and her first Winter Games. After narrowly missing the podium at the previous games as a member of the USA Track & Field team, she decided to rework her game plan. She really wants a medal and she's going to do whatever it takes to get there. Even if it means adopting a new sport!

If you find that you're turning up just short of your goals each month, take a step back and re-evaluate your strategy. Is there another route that you could take? Can you start selling another line of insurance to supplement your health revenue? There is always something else out there that you're not thinking of, so go find it!

2. Shaun White - Snowboarding

Shaun White, formerly known as "The Flying Tomato" from his red hair and impressive boarding tricks, is no new name to the sports world. As a professional skateboarder and snowboarder, this veteran has earned dozens of medals, including gold in Halfpipe Snowboarding in the past two Winter Games. This year, he'll try to make Olympic history by becoming the first person to ever consecutively win the gold medal for three straight games. In order to achieve his goal, he had to respectfully decline an opportunity to complete in another event to focus solely in the Halfpipe.

From Shaun, insurance agents can learn that it's OK to say no to certain things in order to focus on your goals and what's truly important to you.

3. Lanny Barnes (& Tracy Barnes) - Biathlon

Twin sisters Lanny and Tracy Barnes have been competing against each other for their entire lives. But what happens when that competition reaches the Olympic level and only one sister makes the team? Well, in Lanny's case, her sister pays it forward, and gives up that coveted spot on the team to her. An act of true selflessness.

While we aren't recommending that you give up what you've worked your whole life for, we are saying that it never hurts to pay it forward. Whether its pro bono work or going the extra mile for a client when you don't have to, your good deeds will always come back and reward you.

4. Kikkan Randall - Cross-Country Skiing

Kikkan Randall may not be the most well-knows name in Olympic history, but that's because she's the first American woman to blaze the trail in cross-country skiiing. When Kikkan won the bronze medal for cross-country skiing in Vancouver in 2010, she was the first ever American woman to medal in the event. This year, she's going to try and make Olympic history by becoming the first American to win the gold medal in women's cross-country skiing.

It's not always easy to take the road less traveled, but those who are driven and ambitious enough will often find the reward is much greater than the risk. So dare to be like Kikkan and make a name for yourself. Become a trail blazer.

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