I just turned off the TV after sitting slack-jawed for hours watching the amazing Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.
I don’t agree with China’s politics, their human rights policies, or their persecution of Christians. In fact, I don’t even think the Olympics should have been awarded to China in the first place.
But I can say one thing…those Chinese really know how to throw a party!
If you missed the Opening Ceremonies, you MUST find a way to watch it. Find a friend who saved it on their DVR, buy it on DVD if it comes out, watch it on Youtube as a last resort.
Just watch it.
I love to see and study excellence in any medium. Athletics, business, design, art, technology, marketing, etc. When I see something truly excellent, I like to savor it, study it, and be inspired by it.
I don’t use the term “excellence” lightly either. It’s a word that is thrown about by many people, and often applied <usually by marketers :-)> to things that aren’t really excellent.
In this case, the Olympic Opening Ceremonies were the epitome of excellence.
I talk a lot to my clients, in my speeches, and on my blog about “Under-promise and Over-Deliver”. “Exceed Expectations”, “Think BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)”, and many more ways of saying THINK BIG!
This event did all that and more.
$300 million dollars and a cast of 15,000 can buy quite a show.
Not only did I see things I’ve never ever seen before, I saw things I could never even imagine!
Watching these Opening Ceremonies inspired me to think bigger, strive to be more creative, mix elegance with technology, and not be limited in my thinking.
If you watched it, I’m curious to know what YOU thought?
UPDATE: I’ve located an online source to see snippets of video. Not the same thing as watching it all the way through on a big TV, but it will at least give you an idea what I’m talking about it you’ve missed it:
I also found where you can purchase the official DVD of the entire 2008 Beijing opening ceremonies: