By Patrick Paul
I wished I were Usain Bolt and have all his prowess and aptitude I would have been the luckiest guy in the world. But since I am not, I am contented to just being a good guy and perhaps the best in my own little corner of the world. Usain Bolt undoubtedly is the greatest sport person in history. I perused succinctly his achievements in track and field and drew some lessons that are outstanding to me. As a movie of the life and times of Bolt was released in the silver screen all over the world on Monday Nov. 28 2016. I feel inspired to share these lessons here with you. Follow me into the world of Usain Bolt or ‘Lightening Bolt’ if you wish and imbibe these three key lessons and his winning culture
1) Usain Bolt is very FOCUS and CONFIDENT: Bolt love for sport is terrific, and it began in the Elementary school in his home town Sherwood Content, a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica. Bolt played Cricket and Football. His Coach noticed his speed on the pitch and urged him to try track and field events. Bolt coaches then Pablo Mc Neil and Dwayne Jarett encouraged him to focus his energy on improving his athletic abilities. Despite been a very humorous person he learn to be focus and always have the grit of a bulldog when he his preparing for a competition. In an interview he once said ‘ when I was young, I didn’t really think of anything other than sport’. Bolt laser focus helped him through thick and thin especially in his earlier days. Again, Bolt said in an Interview ‘ for me, I am focused on what to do. I know what I need to do to be a Champion, so I am working on it’. Bolt had an unprecedented level of confidence which sends jitters down the spine of fellow competitors before a race. This is confirmed in the movie by is longest rival Justin Gatlin ‘Bolt is the ultimate showman Gatlin tells CNN. We have never seen anyone like him. Gatlin remembers seeing the fear factor Bolt instilled in his rivals in 2008 Olympic when he was serving a ban. ‘Sprinting is about the Alpha male, but you could see the fear he’d instilled in the others already before they took to the line, they had doubts in their minds and that is because of Bolt said Gatlin. Bolt never worries about any competition because of his level of focus. He said ‘ worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you are going to perform, you have already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself’. Bolt summed up his confidence level when he said ‘no matter who you are, no matter what you are doing, no matter how focus you are, no matter how ready you think you are, you are not gonna catch me’. Bolt knows he is not infallible or living under illusion. He does not live in fool’s paradise like the others. This attitude has helped him compete at the highest level. Again Bolt said ‘I have just accepted certain things and it makes it easier. I accept I will get injured. I accept I cannot win every race. I work hard to decrease the chances of those things happening but I accept they will happen. A lot of people don’t accept it. They get injured, they go crazy’.
LESSONS: When you are focus and confident in your abilities you increase your chances of achieving success.
2) Bolt is HUMOROUS and always make FRIENDS across divides: Perhaps apart from his showmanship which has enabled him garnered a whooping $60 million from endorsement and price money, more than the more senile and reserved swimmer Michael Phelps. Bolt can sometimes take his jokes too far.to the point its gets on the nerves if his coaches. However, he work7 just as hard as he plays. Bolt personality is described as laid-back and relax. In 2010, Bolt revealed his fondness of music when he played a reggae DJ set to a crowd in Paris. He is also a fan of video games series, saying ‘I stay up late playing the game online, I can’t help it’. Despite his laser focus on the track and field sports, he manages to find time to enjoy other sporting events, thereby making friends and increasing his circle of network of friends. The first sport to interest Bolt was Cricket, and he said if he was not a sprinter, he would be a fast bowler instead. As a child, he was a supporter of the Pakistani, Cricket team and admired the bowling of Wager Younis. During a Cricket charity march, Bolt clean bowled Chris Gayle. Gayle was complimentary of Bolt pace and swing. Bolt also struck a six off Chris Gayle bowling.
Bolt is a fan of premier league football team Manchester United. He was a special guest of Manchester United at the 2011 UEFA Championship final.
In 2013, Bolt played Basketball in the NBA All star weekend celebrity game. He scored two points from a slam dunk, but acknowledge his other basketball skills were lacking. From the foregoing you would agree with me that Bolt is a multi dimensional being who makes friends everywhere he goes. Perhaps he knows that when he retires he would require a rich network of friends to make it in business.
LESSONS: Know that a rich sense of humor can take away the pressures of life off your shoulders. And you need a wide range of experiences and the gift of friendship to have a rich life.
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3) He is never contented to rest on his laurel. And he makes the effort to improve everyday: For Bolt to win consistently since he breaks the world’s record at the Beijing Olympic in 2008 shows he is doing something right. He follows religiously his training program . Although, he loves fast food, when he has a competition coming up he adhere strictly to his feeding program by his dietitians, who also ensures his vitamins need are met. Bolt had this to say about his feeding pattern, ‘I actually had nuggets and mostly Asian foods when I was at the Olympics. But as soon as I got back to Jamaica, or when I was in London, I had a lot of Wings. That was the first thing I asked for.’
Bolt always keep his cup half full and empties it upon awakening each day. This gives him the ability to work hard, in fact, harder than anyone on tour if he is to continue winning. ‘Each training session I am getting better and better. I have no other duties now, no worries, it’s all about training, eating and sleeping. I have a lot more time and can put a lot more effort into training. I am feeling better everyday. As long as I am feeling myself I am definitely, in no doubt. I can go to the Olympics and win’. Said Bolt. So the vantage Bolt knows that the only way to grow, improve and win always is to practice. And he focuses all his might to achieving a well articulated and focus training program.
LESSON: If you want to be the best in your craft and in the world you must put in the require hours in practice to improve and grow everyday.