Whenever I am asked to be a motivational speaker for an event I always tell the person making the request that motivational speakers don’t exist. After the stunned silence on the other end of the phone, I laugh and say, you don’t want a motivational speaker, you want an “inspirational speaker!”
Recently I had the opportunity to watch a couple of good friends run the Arizona Ironman race in Phoenix. It was amazing to watch 3000 people start a race that included a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and then run 26 miles. When the race began all of the participants were excited, highly motivated, and eager to begin what they all knew would be a pretty brutal day, physically and mentally.