“This is life! This is what made you! Hundreds of millions of sperms, all equals, all swimming to see which will reach the egg first, and only one will see the sun, the light of the moon, only one can make you! To be born is the biggest victory against the biggest odds in the biggest competition anywhere, ever—ohhhhh, what a champion! But a champion for what? To watch television, drink Coca-Cola and eat McDonald’s? No! We must continue with the same effort we achieved by out swimming millions! We must keep proving we are worthy of that victory!”
– Radomir Kovacevic (1954-2006), champion Judoka and coach.
This comes from one of the best pieces of sports journalism that I’ve ever read. See: American Dream
If you have the time, read the article. Grab a cup of coffee.
For more on Mr. Kovacevic’s life, see this Wikipedia article: Radomir Kovacevic
Even more fascinating there is a six part documentary on him on YouTube.
If you are not able to view the video, click here.
I like watching people who have a sense of purpose in their lives and I have to admit that it drives me crazy to see people be unmotivated, waste their time or go through the motions. You only have limited time on this planet. What are you going to do with your life? To be the best that you can be or waste your time watching tv? Or be someone who wants something for nothing? Do you want to face challenges or avoid them?
Mr. Kovacevic had a good point. The fact that you were born means that you have been given an opportunity to do with your life as you please. Either you waste it or make something of it. I’d prefer that you live a life of facing challenges. You are going to fail sometimes. But it’s all in the effort, isn’t it? Why not prove that you are worthy of having been born? Why not put forth your best effort every single day?
I would not want to be on my death bed and say “I wish that I had tried harder or had done this…..”