No Man is Limited

Eluid Kipchoge’s sub-two hour marathon race in Vienna on 12 October 2019 has been compared to the first walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong (July 1969) and the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary (May 1953). Whether the three names can be mentioned in the same sentence is a debate for another day but the fact that the event was watched by over 500 million views worldwide is in itself very significant.   Kipchoge’s time of 1:59:40 will not be officially recognised as a world record but his achievement can’t be ignored.  An average of 2 minutes 50 seconds per kilometre across the entire 42.2 kilometre distance is mindboggling.   

When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he declared it an achievement for mankind.  His famous words; One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind resonates with Kipchoge’s strapline; No man is limited.   There can’t be better illustrations of what we can achieve if we have the right mind-set. Great success does not come easy. Armstrong, Hillary and Kipchoge put in a lot of effort in preparing for their challenges. Inevitably we must be prepared to invest.  Besides financial resources we need the right leadership and the right team.  There was more to Kipchoge than the 41 pace setters.    Edmond Hillary had Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and a host of potters. Neil Armstrong had all NASA at his attention besides Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in Apollo 11.

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The three achievements should be seen as an inspiration that seemingly impossible things are possible if we have clear goals, right mind-set and a good team around us. Even we can climb to the summit of our Everest, land on our moon and run our marathon under two hours.

Sometimes what is holding us back in in our mind.

Sam Bwaya

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