Our MCM today was an American track and field athlete whom accumulated little over a hat-rick in the 1936 Olympic games. I present to you the predecessor of names like Bolt and Gatlin, four-time Olympic gold medalist; the late Jesse Owens.
Revered in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”, Owens achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport” and as many a commentator will confirm; has never been equaled.
So what you ask, allows a man to achieve ‘the impossible’ amidst some of the hardest times endured by his people. What kind of mentality does it take to win against all odds, and what’s the outcome of living your life this way? Well, below i’ve drawn key characteristics that can be attributed to a winners will.
Owens was quoted saying the secret behind his success was “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up”. — Meaning: Don’t drag your feet if you want success, though you may stumble or come across hurdles; it’s about remaining on the up and up #forwardthinking. When you’re up remember whom/what keeps you grounded and when you’re starting up don’t put limitations on how high you can elevate.
Though Owens had always been exceedingly talented, the University he attended could not offer a track scholarship at the time, but rather than complain or abandon his true passion because of the lack of support; he worked a number of jobs to support himself and his young wife Ruth, worked as a night elevator operator, a waiter and much more; all in between practice and record setting. — Proving that even talent doesn’t ensure luck follows. You have to be willing to forage your future making opportunities, rather than waiting to have them presented to you.
Always aim to be a forager rather than a follower, even though it may seem easier to do the latter.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise