Nov 14th, 2019, 06:43 PM

No Human is Limited

By Stella Sagini
Eliud Kipchoge gets his first hug from Wife,Grace after the finish line/Image Credit: Geoffrey Mbuthia Classic 105
Eliud Kipchoge gets his first hug from Wife,Grace after the finish line/Image Credit: Geoffrey Mbuthia Classic 105
Eliud Kipchoge breaks more than a World Record

The morning of Saturday October 12, 2019, Kenyan citizens woke up early in the morning to cheer Eliuid Kipchoge on to the INEOS 1:59 Challenge finish line. Crowds all gathered in front of their TV sets with anticipation, as Eliud became the first and only man to break in the marathon with a time of 1:59:40. This made him the first man to complete the marathon under the two hour mark. 

I believe sports has great power to unify the world, but Eliud’s win can teach us a lot about life in general. His achievement has set a precedent that can help entrepreneurs, athletes, and even students like me navigate our own obstacles in life and strive to be the best version of ourselves. 

As we finalize our studies at AUP, here are some of the life lessons from Eliud that you can apply to your career or new business:

Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya celebrates under the clock Saturday after crossing the finish line of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge after 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria/Image Credit:Associated Press


Practice Makes Perfect

According to author Malcom Gladwell, in order to become an expert in any field, it requires 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice.” 

Eliud was 16 when he began his journey to becoming the greatest marathon runner of all     time. For nearly 300 days of the year, he lives and trains away from his wife and three children at a simple training camp in Kaptagat, a tiny village in the Kenyan highlands. 

Image Credit: INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Believe it before you see it

Eliud Kipchoge is driven by self believe and the power of the mind./Image Credit: CNN

Kipchoge once said in an interview, “My mind is always free. My mind is flexible. I want to show the world that you can go beyond your thoughts. You can break more than you think you can break. I have visualized it. I have put it in my heart and mind that I will break the two-hour barrier”

It is important while goal setting to visualize your end goal. Once you have a clarity on your vision, this will guide you to achieve each goal.

Focus on your Purpose

Kipchoge Lifting weights at the gym/Image Credit: INEOS

He is known as the “boss man” by his training partners but that doesn’t stop him cleaning the toilets or doing his share of the daily chores.

He enjoys the simplistic training and life in marathon and he says, “You run, eat, sleep, walk around - that’s how life is. You don’t get complicated. The moment you get complicated it distracts your mind.”

Money is not a motivation, be passionate about your work. Once you have a purpose, you need to focus to achieve it. Limit the distractions in your own life e.g. Social Media to have clear goals that free your mind to come up with creative, ingenious ideas and execute them 

Success is Contagious

Image Credit/Twitter: Barack Obama and Eliud Kipchoge

Kipchoge is no longer just a success story in completing the marathon in under the two hour mark. He is now a peace ambassador, advocating to use his talent to spread the message of peace to a global audience.

 We all want a level of success in everything we taken on, careers, family, health or studies. Our success and achievements have a direct influence on those around us to believe they can do more. Once you succeed, be mindful that others are watching and consider mentoring especially the younger generation behind you.

 “Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into what you are meant to be. Stop playing small  your meant for greater things.”- Unknown Author

As a Kenyan in the diaspora myself, I am proud to see Kipchoge win. He is an inspiration not only to me and other Kenyans, but to the World.

 To learn more about the INEOS Challenge click Here