Wednesday, February 4, 2009
You know, I'd love to say I'm shocked by the fact that an 8-time Olympic gold medalist was caught smoking marijuana at a college party. Considering a study published by the University of Michigan, 47% of high school seniors had tried an illegal substance. And as those kids go to college and experience life without parental supervision, that type of using can get out of control. Michael Phelps, I don't blame you. I think he made a decision and is paying the consequences. As we all know, consequences create change...although he did receive a DUI in 2004. So Michael, time to do some hard thinking. We all get that your life is hard-- according to research done in the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, on average, people with GREAT success require around 10,000 hours of practice, which means Phelps has crammed all of that in before his 23rd birthday. That kind of pressure can create problems and seeking a release, which is probably all he was looking for. But Mr. Phelps, remember you're in the public eye and a role model. Represent yourself that way. If you have a problem, get help. If you don't, keep it out of the public eye!
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