In our recent times there has never been an athlete equaling Usain Bolt both in his trade of sprinter (running) 100m and 200m, and in charisma which he used to excite crowds around the world at any of his performances. He is retired now, but his record is yet to be equalled or surpassed worldwide in all events. understandably therefore, It was devastating when Usain Bolt at his peak in 2011 was disqualified for a ‘false start’ in the final of the men’s 100m World Athletics Championships, Daegu South Korea.
The 2011 setback did not stop Usain Bolt’s career nor his winning spell, he continued to dominate the world stage from then onwards until his retirement. There is something funny about false starts in athletics when you are watching their occurance whether in person and or on television. You hear the gun go off or in some cases the whistle signalling start of the run, then instantly a false start is called. The athletes have to come back to line up again at which time you may not yet know the offender. For a brief moment you wait in anticipation and then comes the Starter Assistant matching majestically on to the front of the runners, everyone is waiting at this time to know the offender.
And suddenly the Starter Assistant pulls a card to show it on the face of the offender athlete, depending on the decision as follows; the recall did not warrant a warning (green card shown) or a disqualification has been made for false start (red and black card shown) or a warning was for a specific conduct offence (yellow card – or red if there has been a previous warning for that Athlete – shown by the Start Referee) or in the case of Combined Events, the next false start will accrue a disqualification (yellow and black card shown to all Athletes). Whatever the decision is, it does not mean the end of their career for the athlete even when disqualified.
You may be there and feel this new year 2021 has not started well for you. This column is about inspiration, just to encourage you to say that may be just a false start. There is all the chance to go back on the starting line and restart again. Or even if one event has passed without you grabbing the opportunity it presented, there will still be more occasions during the year. Therefore know that even for those who consider themselves experienced, successful or much intelligent; they may at times have experienced ‘false starts’. What is important is to carry yourself up and forward, ready for the next task.
The quotes for this weekend to inspire our resolve for an informed living follows. These are extracted from one of the world’s best selling books, read and learn from these quotations:
RICH DAD POOR DAD by Robert T. Kiyosaki
“In school and in the workplace, the popular opinion is the idea of specialisation: that is, in order to make more money or get promoted, you need to specialise. That is why medical doctors immediately begin to seek a speciality such as orthopaedics or paediatrics. The same is true for accountants, architects, lawyers, pilots, and others. —— My educated dad believed in the same dogma. That is why he was thrilled when he eventually achieved his doctorate. He often admitted that schools reward people who study more and more about less and less. ——- Rich dad encouraged me to do exactly the opposite. ‘You want to know a little about a lot’ was his suggestion. That is why for years I worked in different areas of his companies. …..”
“Both of my dads were generous men. Both made it a practice to give first. Teaching was one of their ways of giving. The more they gave, the more they received. One glaring difference was in the giving of money. My rich dad gave lots of money away. He gave to his church, to charities, and to his foundations. He knew that to receive money, you had to give money. Giving money is the secret to most great wealthy families. That is why there are organisations like the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. These are organisations designed to take their wealth and increase it, as well as give it away in perpetuity.”
“As a nine-year-old kid, when I stepped up to bat or played first base or catcher, I wasn’t me. I pretended I was a famous baseball player. It’s one of the most powerful ways we learn, and we often lose that as adults. —— We lose our heroes. —– Today, I watch young kids playing basketball near my home. On the court they’re not little Johnny. They’re pretending to be their favorite basketball hero. Copying or emulating heroes is true power learning.”
“My rich dad would often say, ‘Poor people are more greedy than rich people.’ He would explain that if a person was rich, that person was providing something that other people wanted. In my life, whenever I have felt needy or short of money or short of help, I simply went out or found in my heart what I wanted, and decided to give it first. And when I gave, it always came back.”
“There is another management theory that goes, ‘Workers work hard enough to not be fired, and owners pay just enough so that workers won’t quit.’ And if you look at the pay scales of most companies, again I would say there is a degree of truth to that statement.”