Athletes are always a great study. Yesterday I discovered this fact yet again while preparing for an interview for a European magazine.
One of the questions I was asked concerned the correlation of champions and fortunate names.
No matter what the sport – basketball, tennis, golf, gymnastics, track and field, skating – there are great athletes, and then there are legends.
These are champions whose names transcend the sport. No matter who you are, you will recognize the names.
Who can forget Nadia Comaneci and the Perfect 10. Nadia and Olga Korbut are credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world. Mary Lou Retton continued in 1984. Remember Alberto Tomba, the Italian Olympic Champion skier, also known as Tomba la Bomba?
In basketball we have the great Michael Jordan. Plus Magic Johnson and Cheryl Miller, Jackie Robinson and Wilt Chamberlain.
Legendary Olympic decathletes Bruce Jenner, Rafer Johnson and Jim Thorpe left their mark. Figure skating icon Katarina Witt transcended her sport long after she retired. Who can forget the tennis rivalry between fiery Martina Navratilova and calm and cool Chris Evert.
Or the greatest hockey player – Wayne Gretzky.
And, as my European friends like to point out – the greatest Formula 1 racer ever – Michael Schumacher.
So what do these icons all have in common?
Every one of them has a highly fortunate name. In fact, in each case the name helped them to carry on the magic long AFTER their careers ended.
They amassed fortunes, extended careers on TV and through major endorsements. All are being remembered by future generations.
Their names have taken on a life of their own.
Did you know Wilt Chamberlain fell in love with volleyball after his basketball career. Chamberlain promoted the sport so effectively he was named to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. He became one of the few athletes who were enshrined in different sports.
Wayne Gretzky is the current part-owner, head of hockey operations, and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Michael Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation. Jordan was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Now he is a highly successful businessman.
Names take on a life of their own. That's because every name, personal or business, carries a very unique energy.
For all these athletes, their highly fortunate name truly helped them transcend their sport first – and then continue their life of abundance after they retired.
You may ask why Magic Johnson then contacted AIDS. The reason – he was reckless. His long-term survival speaks louder than words. I've even heard that he's been given remedies not available to the general public. He is being looked out for, that is for sure. No wonder he has a 45/9 highly fortunate name number.
Both Tiger Woods and Magic Johnson had their names changed. Both benefited tremendously as a result.
Earvin Johnson and Tont Woods just wouldn't have helped them transcend their sport. The obstacles generated by these names would have made their lives more challenging – and slowed things down.
So take your name seriously. After all, your name is your calling card – spiritually and literally.
Make sure your name is helping you to create abundance, success and peace of mind.
P.S. I'll let you know when the article is published in Europe.