Most of the posts I write are directed at team building and group dynamics. Today I have a different thought to write about. As I have been watching the London Olympics, I am continually amazed at the will power and perseverance we see in these athletes. Just as the London Olympics will provide us with a lot of inspirational moments we can use in our life, so too did the Olympic games of 40 years ago.
John Akhwari was a marathon runner representing Tanzania at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. During the race he fell, badly cutting his knee and dislocating the joint. Rather than quitting, he got up from the fall, bandaged his leg and continued to run. He finished hours after the winner and last among the 74 competitors. Asked why he continued to run when there was no chance that he could win, he replied, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”
What can you do with this?