Olympian Shawn Johnson’s first gymnastics coach at age five told her mother that the youngster had no talent. Thankfully her mother transferred her to a new coach, Liang Chow, whose training led Johnson to the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she won one gold and three silver medals.
Though Johnson was proud of all her medals, she reveals in her memoir, Winning Balance, that she was shocked to discover reporters referring to her as a loser when she won silver—as if being the second best gymnast in the world was something about which to be disappointed. She explained on Christopher Closeup that the experience led her to find pride within herself instead of from outside sources.
Endurance produces character. (Romans 5:4)
Help me feel satisfied with my life and efforts, Lord.