Bolt tells youth to work hard

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: All eyes were on the fastest sprinter in the world as he took to the stage at the two­day Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum yes­ter­day.

The world record holder in the men’s 100m sprint, Usain Bolt, was wel­comed with cheers from a room full of en­thu­si­as­tic fans.

It was a lively ses­sion with CNN International busi­ness cor­re­spon­dent and pre­sen­ter Richard Quest, who posed ques­tions that had been in the minds of the public, rang­ing from Bolt’s recipe for suc­cess to his re­tire­ment plans.

Bolt, who was decked out in a suit, struck his fa­mous pose and beamed.

The lucky ones who had cam­era phones seized the op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture the mo­ment.

The Ja­maican-born leg­end said con­fi­dence, dis­ci­pline, ded­i­ca­tion and op­ti­mism had led him to suc­cess.

“There are great ath­letes on the run­ning cir­cuit, but what makes one greater is the train­ing he goes through to get to the next level. You need to work hard and sac­ri­fice a lot.

“I don’t have time for my­self train­ing hard for the next race. I’m confident on the track only when I have trained well.

“You have to be pos­i­tive and confident all the time. Wor­ry­ing about some­thing only stresses you.

“If I have no con­trol over some­thing, I try not to stress about it. But it is im­por­tant to find a bal­ance in life.

“Train­ing is in­tense, and when­ever it gets over­whelm­ing, I go out and party. It’s how I de­stress.”

He re­vealed that he was mo­ti­vated to con­tinue be­ing an ath­letic run­ner, even though cricket be­ing his first love be­cause he wanted to buy gifts for his par­ents that would im­prove their lives.

“I set goals and stan­dards and did not stop work­ing un­til I achieved them. These are my mo­ti­va­tions to be great. When I started out, my goal was to buy a wash­ing ma­chine for my mother and a car for my fa­ther.”

Bolt was spot­ted on the cricket ground and was asked to try his hand at be­ing an ath­letic run­ner, which turned out to be a win­ning move.

“I have been good at run­ning since I started. I was al­ways win­ning. Though the ini­tial stages were tough, I had to train my level best to com­pete with those who

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