Hi! And how are you all? I know this is sent out a little early but it is mainly due to the coming Hari Raya holidays. Some of you may already start your leave as early as Monday next week. Firstly, I want to say thank you very, very much for the overwhelming mail that I received from many of you in regards Michael Phelps and the lessons we can learn from him. Many of you felt that although Michael Phelps deserved accolades, I should have also written about Usain Bolt, the sprint sensation. Your wish is my command and hence this month, I am going to write about what we can learn from Usain Bolt’s exploits on the athletics field.
For me, there is only one very, very important lesson that we can learn from Usain Bolt. And I will start talking about this lesson by way of a question. How many of you can name me the runner up in the 100 meters event, the 200 meters event and the 4 x 100 relay event, all of which Usain Bolt won or was part of the team that won?
I would think that 95% of you would not have been able to answer that question. So the first minor lesson in life is that nobody remembers the runner ups in life; We only remember the winner. And yet ironically the difference between the winner and the runner was in miniscule seconds as shown in the table below.
|Winners’ Time (secs)
||Runner Up’s time
||Richard Thompson (Trinidad and Tob
||Shawn Crawford (USA)
|4 x 100 relay
||Trinidad and Tobago
Source : http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/Schedule/AT.shtml
If we take the 100 meters for example, we find that the difference between the winner and the runner up was only 0.2 and yet the rewards that will be reaped by Usain Bolt will be at least a hundred fold more than Richard Thompson. Using the above only as a metaphor, what does it tell us? It tells us that in life ‘A small performance improvement can make a huge difference in terms of rewards.’ As W. Clement Stone, the author and master motivator said, “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.” It means that if each and every one of us can improve by say 5% in our skills or behavior, then the rewards we will reap will be many, many fold. That improvement may make us the Usain Bolt in our department, our company, our industry etc. And the great thing is that there is no need for a quantum leap in terms of performance. Just a little at the right places! So just go out there and make that little performance improvement. You certainly can!! Ultimately you will be glad that you did when the rewards start to rain down!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope that I have in a way motivated you to go out there to achieve your life’s goals. Take decisive action now!!! And have a great month ahead!