Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Review: Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography

Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography Faster than Lightning: My Autobiography by Usain Bolt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is a certain audacity in the way Bolt asserts himself in this biography. I have met some people in my life that are at/near the absolute top of their fields and in a way, they are too humble. When we start to embark on a journey to attain that skill level, we sometimes miss out on the humility. Then there is this rushing towards an excess of it, as our extraordinary lump of tissue sitting atop our neck decides that some failures along the way are due to our lack of humility. While humility or the lack of it can substantially alter our progress in the learning, all other things being equal, humility as is practiced in the post modern world might be disposable. Or that's what Bolt will convince you of. There is a certainty with which he asserts his dominance. He is unapologetic about the fact that he has special talent. He is not overtly humble. He just sails through life with an air of self assuredness. It is perhaps easy to mistake the pain behind this way. He after all, speaks very little of such pain. This is not a must read, but your idea towards the relation between humility, talent and self assertion will definitely change if you do read it.

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