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Words Of Wisdom in Monaco Words Of Wisdom in Monaco with JOËL BOUZOU Photos kindly provided by Joël Bouzou and Peace and Sport organization. Joël Bouzou is an Olympic champion and president and founder of Peace and Sport, a global organisation to foster peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict throughout the world. He has been awarded several medals, including an Olympic Bronze for Modern Pentathlon, a gold medal for Youth and Sport in France and the Legion of Honour, France’s highest civil honour. He is also a personal advisor to HSH Prince Albert II. With all his achievements and accolades, Mr Bouzou remains incredibly humble, insisting that there is still so much to do. We were honoured to speak with this true humanitarian and learn about his passion for world peace, his unyielding drive to accomplish more and the fundamentals of having money. We can certainly all learn from his words of wisdom. Жоэль Бузу — олимпийский чемпион, президент и основатель международной организации «Мир и Спорт» («Peace and sport»), миссией которой является содействие миру, диалогу и примирению в зонах конфликтов по всей планете. Он обладатель нескольких медалей, в том числе олимпийской бронзы по современному пятиборью, золотой медали от французского Департамента Молодежи и Спорта и ордена Почетного легиона — самой высокой гражданской награды во Франции. Также Жоэль Бузу — личный советник Его Светлости Князя Альбера II. Несмотря на все свои достижения и регалии, г-н Бузу остается невероятно скромным человеком. Он уверен, что многое еще только предстоит сделать. Мы удостоились чести поговорить с этим истинным меценатом, который поделился с нами своей приверженностью делу мира на всей планете, непреклонной волей к достижению больших результатов и своими взаимоотношениями с деньгами. Каждый из нас, конечно же, сможет извлечь свои уроки из этих слов мудрости. HelloMonaco: Do you think your sports achievements help you in your day-to-day activity? Joël Bouzou: Yeah, absolutely. Sport taught me how to give the best of myself. It’s also about purpose: you have a goal, it has sense for you and finally you are able to focus your energy on something. And I mean really focus. And if you are able to do that in sport, you can do it other areas. But the fact you reach the top in your sport shows that yes, you have been able to demonstrate excellence and extreme focus. These qualities were inside and I expressed them in sport, and now I express them in other places. But sport has given so much to me that I had to put this energy at the disposal of others and try to give back what others had given to me. That’s one of the reasons of Peace and Sport today. a world champion in five minutes, or five days; or even in five years. How can you keep the motivation? I think you need to have intermediate goals, but you need to have a vision of where you want to go. So, you need to dream, to get the vision, but then you need to be very realistic when it comes time for the work, because it is also about work. And if you order the goals successively, and progressively, one day, maybe, you at least reach your best. And that’s the most important. I think that’s what champions do. How can they transform hope into a goal and into motivation and how can they keep this motivation from one level to another? It works with sport, with studies, with jobs, and many other areas of society. HM: How do you move move from thinking to action? Is this a problem for you? JB: It depends how strong you are with regard to the goal. If you have a clear goal, you put the energy into it. You don’t become HM: Is it important for you to be in harmony with the universe? How do you find it? JB: First, I think it is difficult to be in harmony with the world, if you are not in harmony with yourself. It is dif f icult to 22 / Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019