Don’t just Start something, Finish it Too – Overcoming Obstacles

During the 1968 Olympics, which were held in Mexico City. John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania was competing in the marathon, and he cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in Tanzania. At about the half-way mark, there was jockeying for position between some runners and he fell and he badly wounded his knee. He actually suffered a dislocated joint. Despite the pain, he continued to run. When he finally hobbled into the stadium, the race had been over for more than an hour and only a few thousand spectators had lingered behind. As Akhwair entered the stadium, the small crowd began to clap, and when he finally stumbled across the finish line, they roared as though he had just won the race. When he was later asked why he continued to run, even though he was in such pain and knew he couldn’t win, his response was, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start a race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish it!” How powerful is that?! We all have things that we start. We all face obstacles and difficulties. The reward is at the finish line, so don’t quit! Who you become is of more value than any prize that you receive! Napoleon Hill, studied the lives of more than 500 of the most successful men in America and he got to know many of them personally. He found that the common element in the success stories of each and every one of them was persistence. These individuals kept trying even after repeated failures. It almost seemed that great success was only won by people who overcame incredible obstacles and great discouragement. Yes, we all face obstacles. We all face discouraging situations, but not everyone has what it takes to overcome them, and persistent effort seems to be one of the most important ingredients when it comes to being successful. Oh, and one more time: I don’t measure your success by comparing you with other people. I measure your success by comparing what you accomplish with what you’re capable of accomplishing. And I expect you to live up to your capabilities, because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! 
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Full Transcript: Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Overcoming Obstacles” and this is part 2 of 2. I’m gonna start off by telling you about something that happened during the 1968 Olympics which were held in Mexico City. John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania was competing in the marathon, and he cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in Tanzania. At about the half-way mark, there was jockeying for position between some runners and he fell and he badly wounded his knee. He actually suffered a dislocated joint. Despite the pain, he continued to run. When he finally hobbled into the stadium, the race had been over for more than an hour and only a few thousand spectators had lingered behind. As Akhwair entered the stadium, the small crowd began to clap, and when he finally stumbled across the finish line, they roared as though he had just won the race. When he was later asked why he continued to run, even though he was in such pain and knew he couldn’t win, his response was, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start a race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish it!” How powerful is that?! We all have things that we start. We all face obstacles and difficulties. The reward is at the finish line, so don’t quit! What you become is of more value than any prize that you receive! Napoleon Hill, studied the lives of more than 500 of the most successful men in America and he got to know many of them personally. He found that the common element in the success stories of each and every one of them was persistence. These individuals kept trying even after repeated failures. It almost seemed that great success was only won by people who overcame incredible obstacles and great discouragement. Yes, we all face obstacles. We all face discouraging situations, but not everyone has what it takes to overcome them, and persistent effort seems to be one of the most important ingredients when it comes to being successful. Oh, and one more time: I don’t measure your success by comparing you with other people. I measure your success by comparing what you accomplish with what you’re capable of accomplishing. And I expect you to live up to your capabilities, because that’s what winners do and you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner! Thank you for listening to this Golden Nugget by Don Howe. To learn more about Don’s free sales success system or to have a free success audio like this one sent to you each week day, please visit DonHoweSuccess.com. That’s D O N H O W E S U C C E S S .com
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