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Success No Accident

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Olympic Gold Medallist Steven Bradbury – who rocketed to fame as the last man standing in the 2002 Winter Olympics speed skating sprint – has urged optometrists to invest in preparation, sacrifice and hard work.

In an inspiring speech at the Eyecare Plus AGM and Awards Dinner in Sydney in September, Bradbury said the same skills that helped him win gold could be transferred to developing a successful optometry practice.

Bradbury claimed the gold medal when all of his opponents in the 1,000 metre speed skating sprint were involved in a last corner pile-up, leaving him as the only man to cross the finish line. Was he just lucky? Did Bradbury win by accident?

Bradbury says his success on the day was due to much more than just luck. It was the sum of years of training, preparation, hard work and sacrifice – all investments in himself – that led him to qualify and compete in four Olympic Games.

If you show up every day, work hard and stick to the game plan, you’ll be in the right place to achieve success if your competitor falters,” Bradbury told the audience

“I was incredibly lucky on the night, but I had to be in a position to use my experience and judgment and be there to capitalise on it when things went wrong for my competitors.

“If you show up every day, work hard and stick to the game plan, you’ll be in the right place to achieve success if your competitor falters,” Bradbury told the audience.