Michael Phelps’ phenomenal and unarguably insurmountable medal & world record run at these Olympics makes one wonder. Are people like Phelps who reach the pinnacle of fame, success, respect, domination, or authority in their field a product of creation or destiny?
Not only sports, be it science, society, music, or arts – we know the examples. Einstein, Gandhi, Newton, Mozart, Ali, Jobs, Gates, Tendulkar, Schumacher, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo. These names are familiar, treated with utmost respect, they are people who truly reached the dizzying heights in their cause, in their field. Was it just a result of circumstances, upbringing, personality, intelligence, dedication, and hard work? Or is there more to this? Examples like these are rare, few and far in between. No doubt there are many, many others who have achieved high success. But.
This is a deep subject. It’s not simple. Statements such as “if you set your mind to something, nothing is impossible” don’t capture and answer this question. I understand that success and achievement cannot be life’s singular purpose. And yet, many of us are in an elusive pursuit of them.
Can you groom a champion? Can you create a winner? Can you raise a child to rise above himself and become a human of the highest order? Can you imbibe these traits in an adult and transform him/her?
Or are they just born and merely realize their capacity, their destiny?