Monday, August 6, 2012

Gold Chase: Usain Bolt

Permit me to be among the people that will do what many other people will do after the Olympics. I like to pen down some memorable things I learn after every major sporting event in the world.

Last night, alongside with many other uncountable people, I spent 10 memorable seconds watching the battle for the fastest man on the planet which at the end of the day didn't end up being a battle, but an award given to a well-deserving man.

The frenzy is dying down now but the lasting effects of those few seconds will remain with us for a long time to come. A couple of things ran through my head this morning while thinking about the whole race all over again and I'd like to share:

1. He was an early "discoverer" <====
Usain Bolt is 25!!!  and he is the 4th most valuable athlete in the entire world (I read that somewhere; can't find it now); just in case you didn't know that. Nobody builds talent in one day. It all starts with discovering what you have and not ignoring it. Imagine if he had discovered he could run like that and stayed a local/community champion, would we even know his name today? Dude discovered his talent and worked on it. I once read a story about Tiger woods who practised golf everyday at 4am since he was 3 or 4 years old; little wonder he's one of the greatest names in golf today.

I know that many of us are probably past the age of discovery and we are all chasing paper and comfort now, but IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. Imagine if everyone in the world discovered that one thing they are good at and stuck with it; the kind of life we would be living right now will be very amazing.

2. He ran against himself
After the race, as usual there were a couple playbacks in slow motion and one of them showed Bolt running while looking to the left as against looking ahead and at that moment, it struck me that the dude was actually looking at the clock and I thought Wow! who does that? Where other contestants were focused on finishing the race for the chance at a medal, my  guy was there trying to beat his own record by ensuring he did better than the last one.

So here's what I learnt; when you have become so good at what you do, other people do not really matter any more as competition, but you are the only thing stopping you; meaning that the only thing/person stopping you from being better than you are now is yourself. Sharpen yourself. Dare to do better than yourself and stop at absolutely nothing to be better than you are now in the skill you've got.

3. He shared the moment.
This is probably one of the most important lessons in life. Bolt won; not Blake but I'm sure we all saw that they both had the moment. Even though everybody was screaming "Bolt Away" and "Usain" at the top of their voices, dude shared the moment with his friend and fellow contestant. He probably had a choice to have an exclusive celebration, but they both had the moment. Remember at Wimbledon women's finals when Serena Williams won, she ran up to her father first to celebrate. Tiger Wood's father is also a known name today because he helped his son. I could go on and on with examples, but I'm sure we get the point.

Lesson's pretty obvious. Every moment you get in the spotlight didn't happen because of you. It happened because many other people were involved and those other people deserve to be recognized as you are recognized.

So that's it. I hope it made sense.

Side Notes:
a. Very soon, we will start "Bolting." No more planking and stuff. We shall now start the Bolting process. I shall be part of this one. No dulling. :D

b. Did y'all see the London Police tribute? Epic moment people. Epic moment. 
Okay. Have a great week. Cheers!.


  1. Great thoughts Feyi.

    ...and most of us will have to come to terms with the fact that we will never receive a medal or a grammy. It does not take away from the fact that we have a niche in the world that no one else can occupy. The challenge is finding it, being content with it and devoting our lifetimes to developing and functioning in it.

    The time it takes Usain to attain full maturity in his talent will be different from the time it takes someone else to attain full maturity in their life purpose. We just should not be in a hurry to get in the limelight. Sustainable leadership often requires sustained (if not indefinite) periods of obscurity, which should be spent in preparation... As a young lad, Abraham Lincoln said, "I will study, I will learn, one day my time will come." Every world changing assignment is worth preparing for even if it takes 40 years of obscurity and commences at 80 years of age like Moses...

  2. Awesome words Feyi. I loved every bit of this. The most profound statement for me; "the only thing/person stopping you from being better than you are now is yourself" | So true!

    Thanks for sharing.

    - LDP

  3. you made lots of sense, lovely post. thanks for sharing.

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  4. babes, i was touched by this post, lovely
    abi ooo, bfr u knw it now, the planking is now bolting just like they did for Tim Tebow..(one great american football player guy) they went to the extent of calling it TEBOWING..lool..cos he kneels to pray bfr he plays and dedicates his wins to God
    i even did a post on my blog abt it one time
    nice post once again, ff u already

  5. blessings...
    I enjoyed reading this. I must say, many of us do not realize our potential and it becomes stifled then gradually wither and die. The major difference between the ppl who accomplish notoriety and those who do not is the choice to live out loud, grab every moment and capitalize on every potential to its true destiny.

    have a blessed day and thank you for sharing.


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