Marc Márquez was doing great in his qualifying run for the MotoGP World Championship. It was 2015, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX and the 22-year-old was about to finish when his bike suddenly died on the pit straight when he was at his best and leading the scoreboard.
Marc wasted no time and decides to leap over a wall and run down the pit lane
to grab his backup bike, which had more fuel than his primary and a front tire that wasn’t one he preferred. All these were factors which made what he was about to pull-off even tougher.
It took a precious 50 seconds of precious time for him to get back into the race and this setback had somehow given him an urge to win that he, nor his fans had ever seen before. He zoomed down the COTA track and managed to set a record-breaking lap time of 2:02.135.
Today, Marc is known as one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with seven Grand Prix world championships to his name. That moment when his bike failed, he didn’t throw his helmet on the ground and blame fate or shout at his pit crew like we’ve seen in other professional athletes. He accepted the situation, took full ownership and made do with what he had.
I’m reminded that we are rarely in our best state anytime we make a presentation or compete in a tournament of any sort. We can either choose to make excuses and give-up, or we can do what Jocko Willink does and say “GOOD
🍺 to a great week ahead!