Everyday, there is something new we can learn. Everyday is an adventure, sometimes with a bunch of mountains, but also lots of valleys. This has been my lesson for today:
On the 22nd of October 2019, 34 year old Kenyan Eliud Kipchog shattered the 2 hours marathon time with 20 seconds. Getting Vienna’s residents on their feet and capturing the awe of the world, this man with the shy smile, sprinted the final 500m to the finish line while finding time to wave to the crowds. His pace? 2 minutes 50 seconds per kilometer…….
As phenomenal as this is, this is not what captured my heart.
This was an operation of epic porportions and an even loftier budget:
* Vienna had been preferred to London because of it’s benign conditions.
* A green laser beam shone on the road showing the pace Kipchoge needed to maintain.
* He had a team mate on a bike, feeding him and making sure he is hydrated at all times.
* And this is the best part = 41 drop in pace makers. The men are all athletes of Olympic standards, making name on their own, but choosing to work as a team and assist Eliud reach his dream. They ran 7 at a time, rotating every 10km, running in a V-formation assisting with wind resistance.
Watching the videos on you tube, I kept noticing the delight on the pacemakers faces when Eliud crossed the finish line. Besides the joy, there was pride.
This brings me to my point: This year I have been bombarded with people who felt that the position you take, is more important than the actual work or the people who is in your team. People who felt it’s more important to be known by their position than who they were, and that they should be respected by their title. These people lost the focus of what they were actually suppose to do, and in so doing, the whole team lost their focus and the goal was not reached.
These pace makers, all well known athletes, never cared about what they have done in life. Or the fact that they all have won world marathons. They only had one goal, and that was to support Eliud. They used the talent given to them, fell into formation and did their all to make this happen. They took their eyes off themselves and worked together as a team to reach the end goal.
We need to stop looking at ourselves and our needs. Maybe it’s time we shift our gaze to those closest to us and focus on the race they are running. And find a way to assist them in reaching their dream. If only those people who challenged me this year, could have taken their gaze off the position they were filling, they would have noticed the other team mates, the V-formation would have been perfectly aligned and the dream would have been fulfilled.
Let us all learn the lesson of the day: You are important, not WHAT you do.
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