Hearing this was a blow that I didn’t welcome, but desperately needed. My entire demeanor changed. I’ve always been a humble athlete, but in my mind I could beat anybody, in anything I competed in; on any day. I needed him and everybody in that stadium to know that. I got so angry I don’t even think I waited to count out all of the proper steps for the final attempt. When my name was called I ran straight for the long jump pit and although my leg had been hurting on and off throughout the day I was determined to jump further than anybody else had that day. As I took off I watched as I cleared the mark jumped by the reigning champ on the previous jump. Even before I’d landed I knew I had won. From that day forward my philosophy became:
“Tell me it can’t be done, I’ll do it!”
Never let anyone else’s doubts about your abilities decide what your future holds. They say you can’t; I know you can. You’re the greatest you’ve ever known.