‘You can’t put in what God left out’


I first started to take an interest in getting faster and sprinting at the age of 15 or 16. Around this time my dad owned a local newsagency and happened to meet a sprint coach. He was much older than my dad but was in amazing shape for his age.

I remember walking into the gym which he owned and seeing this sign above the door ‘You can’t put in what God left out’, and at the time I didn’t really know what the phrase meant. I recall my coach giving me some type of metaphor to explain what it meant, while describing a runner with little talent saying “he couldn’t run out of sight on a dark night”.

Looking back now, it’s a quote stolen from Chariots of Fire, where the coach says this to Harold Abrahams; eluding to the fact that you’ve either got it or you don’t. This may be true for various pursuits which are biased with certain anthropometrical dimensions, e.g. you can’t teach height in the NBA, but the mind is one of the most powerful and important tools to an athlete. If someone has the desire, dedication and determination to achieve their goals, you can definitely bridge the gap of what God left out. It may not make you world class; but it will have you achieving to your genetic potential; all it requires is EFFORT.


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