"Be careful because you can be a rooster one day and a feather duster the next," Syd Fischer, mentor to Team Oracle skipper and helmsman Jimmy Spithill
“Absolutely no doubt, it’s better to be the rooster than the feather duster," Jimmy Spithill, celebrating the historic come-from-behind victory of Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup.
No doubt that this victory will be chronicled and written about far into the future. And it must be true that the brain-chemistry-altering effects of winning in such a fashion at such an enormous, global event must be intoxicating for Spithill and his team.
Yet, I can't help but filter this series of 2013 America's Cup events through the lens of True Wealth and wonder what "contribution" and "living legacy" might come from the story of Oracle Team USA's victory. Is this the ultimate symbol of what money (Larry Ellison spent $500 million winning and defending the America's Cup), sophisticated teamwork, technology, and willpower can accomplish? Or will it symbolize an attitude that makes winning at any cost the most important measure of any endeavor? Or might it also represent a set of priorities that has morphed yacht racing into a grotesque caricature of self-indulgence and ego?
I can't help but wonder what $500 million and a compassionate heart might do to make the world a better place, as well as lead the world in a different direction.
Oracle Completes Voyage to History, Winning America’s Cup – NYTimes.com
Pulling off the greatest comeback in America’s Cup history, Oracle Team USA won eight straight races, dashing the title hopes of Emirates Team New Zealand.
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