Secrets of success from Usain Bolt |
August 23, 2012
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth, made his third visit to IMD on August 22 to share the secrets of his continued success with 350 business executives.
The man nicknamed "Lightning Bolt" made history at the London Olympics earlier in August, winning the 100m and 200m races before securing Jamaica's 4x100m gold medal in a world record time. This was a repeat of his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he also won all three events and set world records in each, becoming the first man to do so at a single Olympic Games.
Focus on strengths and not weakness
Bolt explained how he focuses on his strengths rather than his weaknesses, especially in the 100 meters where the start is normally seen as crucial.
"I was always a bad starter. I'm still not great," he said, to laughter from the audience. "My coach Glen Mills told me the last 50 meters is the best part of my race, so I should just concentrate on getting to top speed."
How to handle setbacks- self motivated
Bolt then discussed how he handles setbacks, including injury problems and criticism early in his career, being eliminated from the 2011 World Championships after a false start and losing to his training partner Yohan Blake earlier this year.
"What made me so strong mentally and physically is that I went through everything when I was young, so there are no surprises any more. As long as my coach isn't worried, then I'm not worried," he said.
Regarding his loss to Blake, Bolt said: "I'm happy it happened. It was a good thing. Sometimes you feel you're on the right track but it takes something to show you that you're not. So afterwards I told Yohan 'thanks.'"
Bolt said he is not a morning person - he normally wakes up around 10am - and finds training tough. "It's always been hard. I've got to be very careful in everything I do. If I slack off a bit, my back starts to bother me."
But when race day comes... [continues]
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