Finishing Last is Better Than Quitting

Finishing Last is Better Than QuittingYou probably never heard of John Stephen Akhwari. He was a runner from the country of Tanzania in the men’s marathon during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

During the race, Akhwari fell and dislocated his knee. Rather than quitting, he bandaged his leg and kept running, determined to finish the race. Akhwari limped into last place… an hour after the second to last place person.

17 of the 74 runners did not even finish the race.

Many things get in the way of our goals. We are constantly bombarded with distractions delays, and demands on a daily basis. It is tempting to procrastinate. It is tempting to make excuses for our failures. It is tempting to quit.

It does not matter how many projects you start, or how well your project turn out. What matters is that you accomplish your goals. What matters is that you finish… even if you finish last.

When Akhwari was asked why he kept running, he stated, “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to Mexico City to start the race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”

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