Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lies within each of us. – Wilma Rudolph
Do you believe that? Maybe you think it could be true for someone else, but not for you. It sure would be cool if it were true, but it’s just not possible. You don’t think you have what it takes. You are not smart enough, young enough, old enough, rich enough, pretty enough, or whatever enough. Well, cheer up, it is true. You do have the potential for greatness on the inside.
Wilma Rudolph is the perfect example of what you can overcome, and what you can become through the power of dreams and a bit of persistence. At the age of 4 she contracted polio. Doctors said she would never walk properly again. She had to wear a metal brace on her left leg for support. The outlook was not good. It would probably be better for her not to get her hopes up, don’t you think. The reality was, she could not walk again.
But her mother believed in her, and told her not to listen to the doctors. Her mother told her she could do anything she put her mind to do. Wilma decided to believe her mom rather than the doctors. She decided she wanted to remove her braces. She couldn’t walk properly, but she managed to hobble about. Then she got this idea, this dream, that she wanted to start running. Not only that, she wanted to be the fastest female runner in the world. What a crazy dream. Honestly, if you were her friend, what would you have done? Think about it. Would you have encouraged follow her dream, hoping to learn to run? Or would you have encouraged her forget her dreams and face reality?
When she was 12 she removed her braces and started to run and entered many races. Of course, in the beginning she lost every race she ran, but she never gave up. She got faster and faster. After a while she started running so fast she didn’t lose every time, and eventually the day came when she won a few races here and there. She got so incredibly fast that in 1960 she was chosen to represent the USA in the Olympics in Rome. Nobody had heard of her before. Nobody thought she was a threat to the reigning world champion. But after the Olympics, and after 3 gold medals, the world had heard of Wilma Rudolph. She had overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, and she was the fastest female runner in the world.
That really was an outrageous dream for someone who could hardly walk. Some might even say it bordered on insanity. But sometimes insane dreams brings us to the realm where the impossible becomes possible. That’s what happened to Wilma. Do you have an impossible dream that border on insanity? Maybe it’s not as crazy as you think, and you’ll never find out if you don’t try. It happened to Wilma Rudolph, and it can happen to you.