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Gable tells what life takes
Iowa wrestling legend motivates Fort Dodge

By DON COGGER, Messenger staff writer

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Dan Gable, top, speaks Friday during a seminar at the Best Western Starlite Village in Fort Dodge.

Show up. Dominate. Go home.

When using sports as a metaphor for business, one would be hard-pressed to find a better motivator than Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable.

In Fort Dodge Friday to present a motivational speech to local businesses, Gable drew on his experience as an Olympic gold medalist, a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association champion and arguably the finest coach in NCAA wrestling history to inspire those in attendance to never settle for being average.

??I don?t think that very many people in this room are here listening to me today because they?re content with being average,?? Gable told the crowd. ??You must constantly strive for bigger and better things.??

The event, held at the Best Western Starlite Village, was the result of a joint venture between the Employer Network and the Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce. The Employer Network meets on a bimonthly basis, according to Sara Blair, director of human resources for Heartland Communications, addressing subjects ranging from recruiting and hiring practices to motivational training. The idea for a motivational speaker was a departure from the norm.
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