Recently, I was moseying through a horse stable in the Kaida plateau of Japan.
It housed Kiso Horses: a rare breed with large heads, stubby legs and such thick hooves that they don’t need horseshoes - making them exceptional at farm-work and lugging supplies through the mountains. Plus, they’re pretty easy-going, unlike ponies (which I’ve heard can be little stinkers).
Anyway, while I watched these beasts chomp on grass, it reminded me of a story about the number one quality of winning racehorses.
The fastest horse wins the race, that’s what speaker Jim Rohn believed…until a thoroughbred horse trainer told him, it’s not the fastest that wins…
It’s the horse with the most “class” that wins the race.
Calling on a reserve of energy.
It’s the ability to overcome any number of challenges during a race.
Class doesn’t mean you never get tired. But it does mean you never show it.
Class doesn’t mean you’re not tempted to quit sometimes. But it does mean you never actually do.
In the final yards of a race, class makes the difference.
No matter what your particular “race” is – it’ll be teeming with obstacles and challenges trying to knock you off track, distract you or slow you down. (Robert Downey Jr.'s story is a perfect example of this)
(Some internal. Some environmental)
Rarely are there perfect conditions.
But whatever YOUR race is:
Even if you're not the fastest, the smartest, the most talented, the most experienced, the most “educated”
Strive for having the most “class” instead.
Having the most reserves of energy... the most persistence for overcoming obstacles... the most grit for chasing answers... so you can rest-assured that you'll eventually build your skills and find a way to the finish...
Because you'll keep trotting along while others exit the race.
But it starts (and ends) with class.