Jul
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2009
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Even the Shortest Hurdler… Can Make It!

At 53 tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didnt allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

At 5'3" tall... Gail Devers was a championship track sprinter who DESTROYED her competition at the high hurdles. She didn't allow her lack of height to stop her from clearing hurdles... and neither should you!

The following is a guest post by Wayne M. Reynolds… a good friend of mine from junior high, who went on to win the State Championship title in the hurdles in high school… and then later went on to be a championship caliber hurdler at the collegiate level.

At about 5’8″ in height… he pretty much defied the odds for what people typically envision a “championship hurdler” to be. Listen to this speedster, as he shares some insight… on how you can overcome “hurdles” in life:

I’ve been running hurdles for years, and now beginning to coach more and more. The one thing I realized, is that even the smallest hurdler can teach you something about how we get through life. In High School, I was usually one of the shorter hurdlers in the 110 and 300 hurdles…but that never stopped me from going to practice or being coached to do better. In the beginning, I didn’t even want to go out for Track, but my father, eager to see his son display what he saw in his mind and heart, pushed me.

He had a prophesy in his heart, to see a state champion. A scared, nervous, short and weak stomach little boy was going to be THE STATE CHAMPION???

I sat and looked at him…thinking “I’m not good enough, strong enough, or TALL enough, to do that.” Well, when you’ve been around the block a couple times, and let wisdom season your thoughts. You can read some things like a book (one of them being a person-me).

So the question is…how can a man lead people out of a land that has enslaved them, to a dead end ( an ocean ) with angry soldiers ready to kill them (behind them)??? How can a tender small town-beauty-athlete, fall in love with a big city-mysterious-creative-athlete???

How can a couple of brothers that have only seen birds fly, think that people can one day do the same thing with pieces of metal and plastic ??? How can a man born from a woman that is still a virgin, lead the biggest revolution in history, when he comes from a place considered to be lesser than the worst Reservation or Ghetto???

How can a woman, go from a loving girlfriend and singer to wife who is physically abused, then leave her husband and become an iconic singer??? How can a man who was cut from his high school basketball team end up the most influential basketball player in NBA history, and franchise owner???

Also, how can you go forward, if you have brothers, sisters, just your mother to raise you, drug addiction in your family; the only one to graduate college in your family, won conference/regional championships multiple times and back to back National Championships???

Last but not least, in a world where everyone wants things to make sense, and everything has to be logical, how does the shortest guy on the track, run faster, smarter and with more confidence than the taller hurdlers in high school, and college where they raise the hurdles, regardless of you growing or not???

Even the shortest hurdler can overcome the odds, so you can too.


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