Compete with No One But Yourself

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Compete with No One But Yourself

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I’m not so much of a sports enthusiast or an athletic buff, but a mild social media follower, which is where I saw the buzz around #Eliud159, and it is this morning that I let my curiosity juices take over me and I googled all about this super publicized event, so that I don’t feel dumb in social conversations on this Saturday evening.

As I logged into the YouTube live channel, I found myself glued to my TV and didn’t want to move. All the build up to the historic record breaking Marathon was amazingly interesting and super inspiring.

As the Marathon began and the world saw Eliud cover every kilometre with upto-the-second precision, I was wondering “whats the big deal about breaking your own record from 2:01:39 to 1:59:59”. As I gazed at the TV, I zoned out from the YouTube commentary into my own thoughts. It dawned to me how this new record making and record breaking marathon personified my personal belief of “Competing with No One but Myself”. How the idea of this marathon must have seeded into Eliud’s mind and how he must have said to himself, “I want to become better than myself” and it all started making so much more sense.

I do not remember how and when I learnt this important lesson of “competing with myself” at a very early age, but this one lesson has helped me “become a better version of myself” as days, weeks, months and years pass. To this end, I have pressured my kids not to come first or second in class, but to compete with themselves and improve upon their previous term’s results. They have carried this lesson with them as they progressed from school to college and now into their professional lives.

I’m hoping the world would learn this one lesson from Eliud’s run today – “Compete with No One but Yourself” – this will help the world become so much a better place to live in, void of conflicts.

I have pressured my kids not to come first or second in class, but to compete with themselves and improve upon their previous term’s results. They have carried this lesson with them as they progressed from school to college and now into their professional lives.


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