The Olympic Creed was inspired by a sermon made by the Bishop of Pennsylvania in 1908.
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The above Olympic Creed, also referred to as the Olympic Message, is displayed on the scoreboard at the opening ceremonies of each of the Olympic Games.
This is not only a message to the competing athletes but a message to the rest of the world. It applies to the struggle to outdo oneself in every aspect of daily life. Just as an athlete cannot be defined by a singular medal he did or did not win, one's life is a reflection of a contest to defeat one's personal goals and expectations. The singular moment of crossing a finish line should not be the defining moment of an athlete's life. The conquest of an athlete is the entirety of a successful career.
This mirrors any person's life as one cannot be judged by one action and its success or failure alone. It is the journey to complete a chapter in one's life that is the struggle of every human being. This struggle is more important than the outcome. This struggle creates character. Essentially, an athlete's struggle is an athlete's triumph.
Each year, as millions of people around the world watch the Olympic Games they wonder who these athletes are, what brought them this far, and, what did they overcome to get here.