Be the Best You can Be – inspired by Cliff Meidl

Be the best you can be!  Sounds easy, but how to maximize your potential is the question on everyone’s mind.  We were very fortunate to have Cliff Meidl to share his story with our team on Aug 11, 2010 at the Asa Headquarters (home of the Mobo Cruiser).

The story starts back in 1986 when Cliff was only 20 years old.  A dramatic construction accident caused Cliff to suffer severe electrical burns and nearly took his legs. Despite this adversity, Cliff battled against all odds to recover. He then rose to become a two-time Olympian in the sport of kayaking. His fellow athletes elected him to receive the ultimate honor: to bear the flag of the United States and lead Team USA into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of Sydney 2000.

To overcome his challenge, Cliff stepped back to visualize where he want to be in the future and he made plans to achieve that goal.  While training for the 1996 Olympics, Cliff and his fellow paddlers had to work as a seamless team for his boat to compete with the best kayakers in the world. He trained with relentless determination and drive to be the best.  Below you can find Cliff Meidl’s five steps to help you get where you want to be.

  • Visualize
  • Risk Utilize
  • Task
  • Evaluate
  • Maximize

In the next few weeks I will provide details of each of these five steps to be the best you can be.

During his inspiring presentation, Cliff hit home and touched each one of us in a unique way.  He encouraged each of the Asa teammates to work together to achieve greater success in their personal lives and at work enabling continually improved results.

We were all inspired by one of Cliff’s favorite quotes, “Winner never quit, quitters never win, there’s no such thing as an overachiever, just an under estimator.”

Start laying the foundation today to be the best you can be! Step by step, one step at a time. Even though it may be a small step, you are still one step closer to achieving your dreams.

For more information regarding Cliff, you can visit his website at:


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