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Life lessons we can learn from Eliud Kipchoge's win

By Brenda Midamba | October 14th 2019

All hail to the king Eliud Kipchoge who ran 4.4 laps of the Hauptalleein in 1:59:40, successfully breaking the two-hour barrier. The Nation and the world were ecstatic and proud of a man who did what was termed 'Impossible.'

This has left many inspired and has reminded us a few lessons that only this run could reiterate.

(1) No human is limited.

Eliud has not only said this but has proved this, and I couldn't agree more. As humans, we have always set limits as to what can or cannot be achieved. This has seen us live ordinary lives and failed to attempt the wild ideas and dreams that we have locked within us. This marathon has proved that the status quo is just an illusion, and anyone who defies it is a hero. That is what Eliud Kipchoge has done.

(2) The right friends are all you need.

I feel like the pacemakers that took Eliud through the race have been so underrated. We could not help but notice how they cheered him on through the marathon and how they hysterically clapped when he crossed the finish line. They are a true representation of the kind of friends you need. You need people who will genuinely want what's best for you and people who will be ecstatic when you win. Anything short of that is not true friendship.

(3) The good things take time.

It has taken 65 years to prove that a man can run a marathon in less than 2 hours. We live in a microwave generation where we want instant gratification and success. What Eliud kipchoge's success has proved is that the perpetual and best things in life take time. We should all be willing and patient to go through the process because God makes everything beautiful in the fullness of time.

(4) Practice makes perfect.

The number of hours and days that went into practicing for this one marathon is ridiculous. Nothing comes easy, and putting time and effort into something will eventually lead to its success. The problem with this millennial generation is that we left the 'work' part to our forefathers. We have to remember that work equals results, and that practice makes perfect.

5) success is communal.

After Kipchoge's win, the whole world went into a frenzy. It was great to see how one man brought the whole world together. When you win, it is not only your win but the win of the community as well. You will be surprised at how many people, genuine or not, will be celebrating your success with you. You will never know unless you try, right?

This win has been an inspiration and has made us all realize that nothing is impossible if you put your heart and soul into it and that 'No human is limited.' Congratulations to Eliud Kipchoge for being the first man to run a marathon under two hours. We are proud of you for putting Kenya on the map.

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