She showed an image of Michael Jordan, a person many consider when thinking of athletic perfection. The image included a quote from Jordan, stated that he missed more than 9,000 shots in his career and lost almost 300 games. Jordan’s quote concluded, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Instead of the word “perfect,” Peak suggested, “Practice makes possible.”
A second myth, she said, comes when someone says, “It can’t be done.”
She illustrated this with the accomplishment of Chris Waddell, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a skiing accident. She said Waddell, who always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, decided he would and trained for two years. During this time, she said he developed an all-terrain wheelchair. The training, wheelchair and a support team enabled him to become the first person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro using a handcycle, one rotation at a time. His trek was documented in the 2010 film “One Revolution.”
Instead of “It can’t be done,” Peak suggests adopting the saying, “You receive what you believe.”
Finally, she challenged the myth, “It’s good enough.”
She cited one of her favorite quotations from Sir Winston Churchill – who she studied and wrote about during her early schooling – “Good and great are seldom in the same man.”
“Good is the enemy of great,” Peak told students.
Instead of this way of thinking, that anything is “good enough,” she introduced the concept of 212 degrees, signifying the temperature at which water boils.
The concept is at 211 degrees water is hot, but add one extra degree and it boils, “changing everything,” she said, adding that at 212 degrees water turns into steam, “which can power a locomotive.”
Peak explained that the one extra degree counts and can make the difference between good and great.