The controversy that the own the podium initiative in the Olympics apparently stirred up among us Canadians is interesting. I just read an article that linked the program to being impolite and un-Canadian.
If you don't set a goal, you won't achieve anything. Owning the Podium was a vision. If you want to achieve, you must have goals and vision and you have to see yourself succeeding at what it is that you set out to do. Underselling yourself won't get you there. Being polite if it means forsaking your vision and your courage won't get you there. Only a strong belief that you are the best in the world - at whatever it is that you are up to - will get you there.
I say kudos to the Canadian Olympic Committee for the vision that helped our Canadian athletes to win. And there is a lesson in there for all of us.