by Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
He is known as the fastest man alive, six times Olympic Champion and one of the biggest showmen in athletics. So what was Usain Bolt’s greatest enemy that stood in the way of him winning gold in Rio 2016? Was it fellow sprinter Justin Gatlin? The humidity he would face in Brazil? Or competing against younger athletes?
No, it’s chicken nuggets.
Yes, that’s right - it’s chicken nuggets. The then-28-year old Olympian told CNN in an interview;
"Food wise, I have to eat a lot more vegetables… I have to cut junk food out. I think that's one of the biggest things for me, because I get a lot of urges at late nights, just to eat junk food. For me, that personally is one of the biggest sacrifices."
"Sometimes you do think about just going out or just not training, or just eating a million hot wings. It's hard sometimes, because you crave it, because you're used to doing a certain thing.”
What we can see here is the honest, simple reality that every legend has their own little cravings, distractions and weaknesses just like the rest of us. To not give into temptation and live a balanced life is one of the unassuming marks of a disciplined person. To be able to get that early night. To say no to junk food when we feel that craving. To wake up 5 minutes earlier. These small moments of balance separate a life of fulfilment from a life of mediocrity.