One of my favourite movies is the popular Anthony Hopkins movie;
“The World’s Fastest Indian.”
This movie was based on the story of Burt Munro, a New Zealand-born motorcycle racer who became famous for setting a world record in 1967.
The true story of Burt’s life is just as captivating as the film.
Munro grew up in the early 1900′s on a farm in New Zealand.
He often rode horses around the farm at a very young age because he enjoyed the fast ride.
Burt stayed on the family farm until his father sold it near the end of World War I.
He spent some time working construction until joining his father to work on a new farm. After this, he became a speedway racer for a short while, and eventually found work as a motorcycle salesman and mechanic.
Given his love for speed, Burt soon purchased an Indian Scout motorcycle.
The motorcycle was very early off the production line and topped out at a speed of just 55 miles per hour.
Burt was unhappy with the speed of the Indian Scout, so he began to modify the bike. He spent years working on his bike, which he called the “Munro Special,” since it was made up of many parts that he made himself, being a man with little money.
Burt started racing his motorcycle and went on to set several world records with his Indian Scout in the 1960s.
He had to travel to America to break those world records.
Most people thought he was a loser.
But he proved them wrong.
His motorcycle became the fastest bike of its kind in the world.
The reason I like this story is because this man elevated himself to an international level of achievement by a very simple means, he made his motorcycle go faster, it’s that simple.
All you have to do to get a film made about your life story is do one thing, one activity better than anyone else has done it.
Everyone loves a world record holder.
Often it does not matter what the record is.
Simply running faster than anyone else will make you rich and famous.
Have you ever wondered why the world is designed to promote record holders? Why people are drawn like moths to a flame.
I remember a famous person visiting our primary school in the 1960’s.
Herb Elliot won Gold in the 1500m event at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
From 1957 to 1961, Elliot never lost a 1500m or one mile race.
This man took all the school kids to the oval and gave us tips on how to run.
I don’t remember anyone else who visited our school from that era.
He made an impression because he was famous and he was famous because he could run fast.
If we surround ourselves with motivated people the energy in the room energises us.
We can get drawn back into our gift, back into a state of believing and therefore achieving. Even doing a little better in a small thing can influence us into taking on the bigger challenge.
And though you may be all alone, remember this… someone, somewhere out there believes in you.