Michael Phelps couldn’t swim, Mike Tyson couldn’t box, Bill Gates couldn’t use a computer and Sir Bradley Wiggins couldn’t ride a bike.
Now as we all know, Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 swimming medals, Mike Tyson was known as the baddest man on the planet, Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft and Sir Bradley Wiggins has won cycling world and Olympic championships as well as the Tour de France.
But at one point in time these people were absolute amateurs at the crafts they would later go on to be the world’s best at.
There is a saying in martial arts that every black belt was once a white belt that didn’t give up, that basically means that every professional was once an amateur.
We often look at people will incredible skill or with great strengths and we admire them but we also forget that they had to work incredibly hard to get there. In the case of Michael Phelps people will refer to his genetic attributes as the reason he was so successful and although he does have a great build for swimming he is far from alone in that. In fact, I would be willing to bet that there are many people around the world with the same attributes that he possesses however they haven’t combined that with his work ethic and his willingness to suffer and that is what separates him from them.
Maybe all of these incredible successful people got into their chosen career paths early and spent their formative years developing their skills but what about Anthony Joshua? The world heavyweight champion only started boxing at the age of 18!! 5 years later he won gold at the Olympics!
The message I am trying to get across is that just because right now something might seem incredibly difficult it won’t always stay that way if you just dedicate time to it and accept that you have a huge capacity for learning.
Want to learn a new skill? Then you should do it, whether it is something like cooking or swimming or cycling or maybe painting. These are all skills that the best in the world once couldn’t do so never be disheartened if you are struggling with something because it will get easier.
This is a message that isn’t solely based around sport or exercise or dieting, it can be applied to whatever you want to achieve.
Remember if you are willing to work hard for something there is no end to what you may achieve!