There Is No Finish Line
In one of my company-wide meetings a few months ago, one of the top executives at the company began the meeting with a quick introduction. On the screen behind him, it showed a powerpoint slide that had a single quote on it. That quote read,
“There is no finish line.”
For some reason, this quote really resonated with me — little did I know, this was the former slogan for Nike a few decades ago.
He began his introduction with a short personal story about how he used to be an avid runner. He has run multiple marathons, half marathons, and ran cross country and track in high school. Growing up, he informed us that he had a poster hanging up on his bedroom wall which had that same exact quote on it.
He then went on to explain the relevance of this quote in relation to our company’s collective goals and missions for the future. He gave insight on how far we’ve come, how much positive change has occurred within the company, and how much has been accomplished during its years of operation.
He later ended his presentation with that same quote by explaining that just because we’ve accomplished our past goals as a company doesn’t mean that it’s the end of all of our hard work. It just means that we can continue to improve and create new goals to strive for. Achieving old goals only means that it’s the beginning of new ones.
I really loved this analogy because of how much it’s is still relevant, not only to the company that I work for but to life in general.
Often times, we may think that once we’ve completed a specific goal in our lives, that our work is done — that we can kick our feet up and finally relax. And we can, of course. There’s nothing wrong with taking a little break after hard work is done. After all, we deserve it.
However, that doesn’t mean that we should stop once and for all. It doesn’t mean that we should stop improving, stop working, or stop trying altogether. It just means that we have broken down one barrier, overcome one hurdle, and completed one goal so far.
There are still more barriers to break, more hurdles to overcome, and more goals to achieve in our lives.
We should never lose our ambition or our drive to achieve more. We should never settle for small goals or small dreams. There is always room for improvement. There is always room for growth. That’s what makes life worth living for.
Nike didn’t keep their slogan of “There is no finish line” forever, which just shows how much they embody the meaning of these words. Nike eventually changed its slogan. They improved it. They evolved. And they continue to evolve because they know that there really is no finish line. The sky is the limit — and that’s true for all of us as well.
So, keep striving for more. Keep setting new goals. Keep trying.
Dream big. Dream crazier.
“If they think your dreams are crazy, show them what crazy dreams can do” — Nike
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