I was recently reading an IAAF article about Carmelita Jeter, the 2011 100m World Champion. The article quotes her agent, Chris Layne, as saying, “She (Carmelita) goes to bed at 8 o’clock and gets up at 6 am. …. Put it this way, she doesn’t goof off during the season like so many others do. She eats, sleeps, breathes this job. She looks at this as her job.” I mistakenly hadn’t picked Carmelita to be the Gold Medalist. After reading Chris’s comment I learned something I didn’t know about Carmelita. She is a very serious athlete. Carmelita made it to number one because she is very disciplined in addition to having a lot of talent. Also, she allows herself to be guided by John Smith, a phenomenal coach.
Being top 30 in the World is a remarkable accomplishment. Making it to number one is a whole different thing, which takes more than talent alone. A common fallacy is to think that athletes achieve great success simply because they’ve been blessed with a special gift. Athletes, be aware and recognize that people with less talent who are more serious can surpass you.
Ever ask yourself whether you are serious enough about an endeavor? A question that I ask myself periodically is, “What could a person more serious than me be doing that I’m not?” So, I’ll end this entry by asking you, “Is your serious as serious as your competitors’?