8 Things About Success We Can Learn From Usain Bolt
What are the keys to success that we can learn from a world champion?
Last week, we were fortunate enough to tune in to the legendary Usain Bolt’s candid interview with Entrepreneurs Organisation.
Usain Bolt is widely considered as the greatest sprinter of all time. He is an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, and the only sprinter to win 100m and 200m Olympic gold at three consecutive Olympics.
The award he cherishes above all, says Bolt, is being recognised as the world’s best athlete by the ESPY. An award he has won three times now.
To give an idea on the prestige of the award, some of the other shortlisted nominees he has beaten were such as Tiger Woods, Christiano Ronaldo, Connor McGregor and the like.
Through his interview, we picked up eight keys of success that helped him achieve his dreams and they are:
1) Be Willing To Sacrifice
Bolt ranked focus, determination and sacrifice as the three main characteristics to his success. There were often times he felt he missed out on celebrations, and didn’t feel like waking up early for practise. But he would remind himself that if he wanted to be a champion, then this was what he had to do.
2) Work On Your Weaknesses But Do Not Neglect Your Strengths
The sprinter’s 6’ 5” height was his weakness. As much as Bolt practised on it, he couldn’t start as strong as shorter runners and this demoralised him. His coach picked up on this and advised him to put in as much focus on his strength, which was after the 50m mark. This strategy has helped him to outrun those who only focused on working on their weaknesses, and kept him leading the pack.
3) Set Out Your Big End Goal From The Start
Bolt knew what he wanted right from the beginning. He wanted to be the best and that was what he set out to achieve. When you have your end goal in mind, making the effort and the necessary sacrifices become worthwhile.
4) Have Fun While You’re Chasing Your Dream
There is a popular statement that is it often “lonely on top” when you’re the best. Bolt doesn’t seem to feel that way. He reveals that the athletes get serious and competitive when they’re on the track, but off track, they’re all buddies. Success doesn’t have to be lonely. It’s all about how you play the game, and it’s important to have fun.
5) Surround Yourself With Good People
He didn’t always feel at his best, especially at times when he was down with injury. In those challenging moments, he would reach out to his coach or the people around him who could give him positive encouragement. Always surround yourself with people who root for you and want you to succeed. Stay away from those who do not believe in you or your dreams.
6) Choose To Do What You Love
“Whatever you choose to do, choose to do what you love… then you’ll be great at it. I don’t think you can be great at something you don’t like to do”, says Bolt. There is a magic to finding a passion or a purpose in our lives. When we move towards it, that’s where we find our “flow” or “the path of least resistance” whether in career, business or relationships.
7) Be Open To Different Views But Choose What Works For You
Another gold nugget from Bolt is to get different views from everybody, but always use your own critical mind to decide on what works best for you and what you want to achieve. Because every person is different.
8) Work With A Coach Who Is The Right Match For You
Bolt attributes his coach, Glenn Mills, as the man behind his success. Mills knows exactly how to talk to him, inspire and motivate him, and at times, rile him up to help him achieve peak performance. For those who want to work with a coach, it is important to find one who matches your communication style and values, and is aligned with your goals.
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