Secrets of the fastest man in the world
If you had even the slightest interest in last year’s Olympic Games, you’ll have heard his name. Three gold medals. Three world records.
And even if somehow you missed the Olympics, you might have seen that he’s just shattered his own word record, dropping it from 9.69 to 9.58. (It’s about the only time when 0.11 of a second is considered enormous.)
This article from April talks about his life before and after the Games – where he finds his relaxed confidence, how he overcome early pressure, how he still finds time to have fun.
This comment caught my eye:
“Every race I ran I thought it was the perfect race,” Bolt says, “then coach Mills told me ‘no’. When I ran a world record the first time I was like: ‘Yeah coach you see that, that’s a good record,’ but that was no good. Even in the Olympics I was like: ‘Start was good, no?’ He was like, ‘no’. Every time I think I do something great he tells me I have more to do. Sometimes it’s like …” the 22-year-old struggles to find the words. “That’s just the coach I guess.”
The value of having someone else set the bar, to push you beyond what you can imagine for yourself and to do it in a way that’s both challenging and supportive. Michael Phelps seems to have it in his coach, Bob Bowman. Bolt has it with Mills.
Who’s holding you to the highest standard?