11 August 2017

Quitting at the top of his game

Earlier this week, in his swan song 100m race in the World Championships, Usain Bolt stunned pretty much everyone by taking bronze. He lost out to Justin Gatlin and some other bloke, whose name escapes me. 

This prompted much chatter between colleagues and friends. 

“He should’ve quit while he was ahead.” 

“He could’ve gone out at the top of his game. He didn’t need to run that race.” 

But how do you know when you’re “ahead” or at the “top”, and there's no wins left in the tank? It’s easy to know with hindsight, but what about in the present? Is it a case of being more self-aware? Or is it a case of putting one’s ego to the side? Answers on a postcard.  

It wasn’t all losses though; he managed to chalk up another win (at least in my book) by being truly gracious in defeat. There’s a lot we can all learn from this. 

by Nino Rosella