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Friday Fun Facts - Holding Out for a Hero

November 11, 2016

Friday Fun Facts - Holding Out for a Hero

Every now and then you get the chance to meet someone who you have always wanted to meet - and you (if you are like me) hold out on the hope that they will be as impressive / funny / attractive / friendly as they appear in whatever setting you have seen them in. 

Lets face it a whole nation of women went weak at the knees for Mr Darcy and we all hope that Colin Firth is as dark, mysterious and romantic in real life.

Mr Darcy

One such moment came for me in July of this year (2016) when I attended and event with Kris Akabusi.  Here was a guy who I had watched in the Olympics, then on Record Breakers as well as that famous first Mrs Merton Show with Debbie McGee.  He always seemed to be laughing and have a real joy-de-vivre about him. And I always thought of him as a small guy!

kris akabusi

Kris is as warm, loud and funny in real life - and he is HUGE! (well to me he is!)

It was great to see that my imagination held a true reflection of the man himself.  He's not as fast on his feet these days, but he's still beat most of us in a straight run!  Kris is a great motivational speaker and had a few great lessons in his keynote speech at the National Entrepreneurs Circle event at the NEC.  

Kris Akabusi and meIt was a revelation that athletes were so lightly supported in the 80's when compared to today's entourages of doctors, sports scientists, sports psychologists and training coaches.  His speech mainly pointed out that no-one gets to the top of their game without support - and it's very true.  Anyone who says they are self made is kidding themselves - they might have had the motivation and the drive, but they will also have had a team around them, or family and friends making life bearable.  That's not taking anything away from those people who succeed in whatever challenge they are facing.  It takes a special mind-set to keep going when all around you there are nay-sayers and quitters, or just plain envious people only too happy to see you fail or, worse, give up on your dreams.

Kris Akabusi

Kris was a natural sprinter and hurdler but he didn't start running till his late teens, which was a revelation.  You might assume that Olympians start when they are very young and get a life time of training and guidance.  It was a timely lesson to many at the Entrepreneurs event that it is never too late to start.  OK, so if you start running at 60 you are unlikely to be going to the Olympics yourself, but many a marathon runner has started late in life.  

With grit and determination - two of the characteristics of winners in all walks of life - you can achieve most things.  Add passion into the mix and all of a sudden what drives you and allows you to connect with the world multiplies your achievements. If you aren’t excited about your ideas you aren’t going to succeed.

Kris Akabusi

Of course there was the odd comment about Lynford Christie and his "lunch box" - these were the early days of men in lycra, where it was young, incredibly fit athletes testing out new textiles for sports performance.  Roll forward 30 years and every middle age man with a bicycle seems to have a lycra uniform - and it's not so easy on the eye as the young runners of the 80's and 90's!

Hope you enjoyed this "Friday Fun Fact" blog from Divine Legs.  It might have been a bit convoluted but you can't deny with a 400m sprint hurdler it did have a legs theme!!

See you next week for another "Friday Fun Fact".





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