|Mr Tang, Singapore Athletics Association President, welcomed Haile Gabrselassie to share his valuable experience|
Conversation with Haile Gabrselassie
Haile said with emotion that the reason for him to break several world records was because of having goals. He told everyone in the audience that when a person has a goal, it is easy to attain what they have mapped to achieve.
Goals will bring discipline in one to attain the impossible.
The next thing he said was that in order to do that it is important to have the discipline to do it. He was trying to explain what discipline meant. After some time, he felt that the only way for the people to understand the meaning of discipline is to come out with an example. He said that when one has to wake up to train at 6am, it is important to wake up. If one doesn't, the day will go without training and the easy way out of training is to sleep throughout and end up in disappointment of not getting one's goal.
I felt that this was one of the reason for me to do the 2hr 24min 22sec, which is still current national record, in marathon done in 1995. There were times that I wanted to sleep, instead of waking up for a run. I was missing sleep a lot. However, when I thought about my goal, I just pushed my body out the bed to run. I told myself that I do not want to end up as a disappointed person later on. There were times where I wanted to go home to sleep instead of running in the morning.
Haile told a number of things as well and I will share with all on other days in small parts.