Motivation of Lance Armstrong and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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All of the work, training, health, and passion that Lance Armstrong possesses is amazing. Every obstacle that he has faced, he has not only survived but has also used to improve his personal and professional life. In the Tour de France, the goal of every competitor is the same, to prove they are the best cyclist in the world. Armstrong has proven this seven consecutive times.

Armstrong exemplifies Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory regarding one's motivation in life. The five needs discussed in this theory can be shown as a pyramid. The most basic needs, physiological needs, form the bottom; followed by security needs, then belongingness needs, esteem needs, with self-actualization being the top of the pyramid. Motivation evolves
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Armstrong possesses an extraordinary competitive drive that leaves no detail without investigation in the pursuit of his goal. The cycling environment is very competitive, and every second counts. He has unique abilities that other competitors do not possess. According to the encyclopedia Wikipedia, Armstrong "has an extremely high anaerobic threshold and therefore can maintain a higher cadence (often 120 rpm) in a lower gear than his competitors". His anaerobic threshold and his hearth size is about 33 percent bigger than average, giving him a great advantage since he can maintain a high speed even when going up the steepest mountain climbs of the Tour. His performance has been very successful.
After Armstrong discovered that he had testicular cancer, which had spread to his brain and his lungs, and enduring surgery and heavy chemotherapy, he still had the courage to come back and win his first Tour de France. His Performance-to-Outcome Expectancy rating is also close to one. His determination, not only to survive cancer but also to excel in spite of it, is inspiring. To see Armstrong ride and to feel his determination, I feel that nothing is impossible.
Armstrong is highly paid for his extraordinary performance outcomes. He had shown other cancer suffers that they, too, can beat the disease and go on to accomplish great things. He is well loved and respected. Despite the hard work, stress, fatigue, and diminished

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