The Boy Who Learned to Fly
How does one succeed despite the odds? The reality is that it is difficult to carry on and do what we need to do to be victorious when there are major hurdles in our path. There are many instances when we think it’s not possible to reach our dreams because we focus too much on how difficult the task at hand is. But if we try to shift our focus and exert a lot of effort to make our dreams come true, success will be within our reach. Usain Bolt is a testament to this.
We know Usain Bolt today as the fastest man in the world. But did you know that he had to overcome his severe scoliosis to be the person he wanted to be someday? In 1997, Bolt watched the Atlanta Olympics and found his calling: He wanted to be the fastest man in the world. With his mind set on this goal, he decided to push through and to persevere despite his condition. Bolt joined many competitions. He trained hard and did his best every time. He kept his eye on the goal and fought his fears, anxieties, and doubts. In 2015, he sowed the fruits of his labor when he finally won against Justin Gatlin in the Peking Olympic Games 100m finals.
Winning against Gatlin was not easy for Bolt. At the time of the competition, Gatlin was at his best condition. He was in top shape. On the other hand, Bolt was still struggling with his health. Previously, his doctor told him that it might not be wise to compete again because his scoliosis has progressed and is making it difficult for him to run. And yet Bolt won against Gatlin that year because he possessed four of these important qualities:
The odds were there but Bolt didn’t give up. Instead, he persevered until he was able to reach his goal even when it was neither easy nor convenient.
Bolt lifted himself up when trials and difficulties came his way. He possessed a positive attitude which enabled view things on a more positive perspective rather than dwelling on the negative and feeling sorry for himself because of his condition.
Big dreams mean hard work. Bolt made his dream of becoming the fastest man in the world come true by working on his dream and achieving the results he has been vying for since the very beginning.
Why do you want to be successful? More than anything, your motivation will help you succeed. Bolt had a strong personal desire to win and that kept him moving forward until he reached his goal.
If you have a dream and you want it bad enough, do not be afraid. You can always succeed if you are determined to do what it takes to be successful. After all, difficulties are just temporary setbacks. As long as you are motivated, hard working, possess a positive attitude, and have a strong desire to win, you will be able to accomplish what you put your mind and heart to.
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