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Why finishing is so important

Posted by Pradeep Gupta on January 5, 2011

Recently, I participated in a series of games organized by the Oracle Employee club in Hyderabad. There were several events taking place but I decided to try my luck at the ‘Slow Motor biking’ race.  I never participated any bike related events in past, so I was little surprised when I found myself registering.

I was not the only one who was drawn to the event; it had more than 160 participants.  I was surprised to find that I wasn’t just interested to try this event; I was becoming determined to win.  You see, I had recently been building a competency in riding my motorbike slowly.

This fall, Hyderabad experienced heavy rains. Riding a motorbike on muddy roads, in heavy traffic, means every few hundred meters you risk getting your shoes full of water.   To avoid soggy shoes, I practiced going slowly to keep my feet on the bike as much as possible.  It seems, life challenges are good way to discover and develop new capabilities

Back to my race:

The rules
1.  Get your front tire on start line
2.  Start on the second whistle
3.  Never let your feet touch the ground
4.  Cross the finish line.

Failing any rule is immediate disqualification

I successfully completed the preliminary round and started the final round strong.  My friends were cheering loudly as other contestants began to fall off.   Soon I was a strong contender for second position.   As I got near the end, I slowed down to see how the other person was doing, and touched one of my feet..


Stunned and frozen in place, I knew the damage was done. I had lost second place as I did not complete the race.

As painful as this loss was, I took some life lessons from the experience.  I reflected on the importance of finishing.  All the hard work that goes before helps support the finish, but you have to keep your focus and get the job done.

Let’s not put the feet down till we touch the finish line.

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