Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has shaken critics around the world by coming agonisingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier for the marathon – a feat many have been calling impossible. Though he just missed the mark, his performance has completely challenged the minds of many of those who said it couldn't be done.
With so much criticism in the lead-up to the race, Kipchoge was asked by a reporter what he'd like to say to his critics. His response gave us a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest athletes on the planet:
“I don’t believe in limits. I just want to show people it can be done. I’m excited to fly this weekend”.
He chose to see opportunity where many saw an obstacle.
Both he and the critics were looking at the same thing, he just chose to interpret it differently.
We can do the same thing.
Choose to see opportunity where others see obstacles.
You don't need to ignore the facts. Just respond to them differently.