You might not realise this, but you are running, we are all running, either towards something, or away from something.
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Christopher McDougall.
Have you ever wondered what it is that pushes young Africans to risk death trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe? The answer is that many of them are running away from something, something they believe is worse than drowning in the sea. They are not really pulled by the life they envision themselves living in Europe, but they are pushed by the harsh realities they face in their respective countries or regions.
As a young South African, I am running away from something myself – poverty, life in the township, the stereotypes surrounding black people, stereotypes attached to children who grew up without a father figure – the truth is that we are all running, and we are running for different reasons.
Each morning, I realise that I must keep running, lest my background catches up with me, and I also realise that I must keep running lest my future eludes me. See, the Lion’s dream each morning, is to run faster than the slowest Gazelle, and the Gazelle’s ambition is to live and run in such a way that it escapes the Lion. The Gazelle’s whole existence depends on its ability to outrun the fastest Lion. On the other hand, the Lion’s existence well depends on its ability to outrun the slowest Gazelle.
We human beings have a combination of both the Lion and the Gazelle in us. Some are running from their past life of slavery, suffering, poverty, addiction to pornography, drugs, and sex… The same people also have ambitions, running towards a life of honour, dignity, wealth, success, abundance, health, safety, security, and a truly significant life – a life that teaches others and makes a difference.
What are you chasing? What is Chasing you?
Here’s what I am saying: don’t stop running. Whether you are running from what might consume you, or running towards what might give you nutrients to live (your dreams), don’t stop running. Run in such a way that you receive the prize.
I wish you success in all that you endeavour to do today, and for the rest of your life.
CEO, Quality Growth International