The ordinary do the extraordinary


I was inspired to write today’s post after I watched in horrified awe an ordinary man walk – casually I might add – across the top of Chicago, (up to 500ft) on a tightrope.  It made me think.  Sometimes behind an ordinary person there’s a world record.  What makes the ordinary do extraordinary things?

In my opinion, it’s the determination to win. Michael Jordan summarises it well:

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”.

Here are some extraordinary records to get your juices flowing:

Tongues will wag

12.5kg – the equivalent of a three year old child – was lifted with a human tongue by Thomas Blackthorne (UK).  He lifted the weight hooked through his tongue on 1 August 2008.

Hot plate hell

The record for the longest distance walking over hot plates is 75ft 1in – a third bigger than the average train carriage length – and was achieved by Rolf Iven (Germany) in Milan on 18 April 2009.

It’s a long shot

The longest (successful) basketball shot measured 33.45m (keep in mind the NBA court is 28.65m long!) by Thunder Law (USA) of the Harlem Globetrotters, on 11 November 2013. He said: “I can’t believe I broke a record on Guinness World Records Day,” followed by, “awesome.”

The ordinary daredevil

Lincolnshire, UK born and bred motorcycle racer, lorry mechanic and occasional TV presenter, Guy Martin features in a Channel 4 series, Speed with Guy Martin. He has:

  • Broken the British and Commonwealth motor-paced cycling record, by pedalling at a speed of 112.94mph behind a modified racing truck.
  • Set a new world sledge speed record of 83.5mph, beating the previous record by over 21mph.
  • Broken yet another record – partnering with endurance cycle racing expert Jason Miles. Achieving the longest distance travelled on a tandem bicycle in 24 hours, he broke the previous record by 59 miles, successfully posting a distance of 565 miles.

Now, let’s pause here for a breath.  Guy Martin, as my husband says, “swings big hammers for a living”, but crucially, he has extraordinary determination and a winning mentality.  Along with talent, this mentality makes him strive for success and win extraordinary records.

I read a Forbes article which states that the key for an ordinary person to become a winner is to normalise winning, which helps to adopt the mentality of a winner.  This technique can help an ordinary person to achieve greatness and most importantly, maintain it!

Greatness and winning will not transpire with lip service and a magical puff of hot air, it takes relentlessness and optimism. So, I’m thinking like a winner, what record shall I break? No hot plates involved though, please.

Image citation: By Jennifer Huber CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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