When I was 25 and working at Oppenheimer, my first job on Wall Street, I saw an article about a Reebok 4-minute mile challenge. That is, if you were an amateur athlete and could break a four-minute mile, Reebok would give you a million bucks. Or maybe it was $100,000, whatever.
I used to work out hours a day, every day and since I'd ended my streak of playing hoops every single day for more than a decade right before I'd moved to NYC the year before, I needed a new goal. So I started working on running a four minute mile. I was in the upper 5 minute range -- couldn't remember the last time I'd tried to run a mile for time.
A couple months later and the challenge was a week away...and I'd gotten my time down to about 4:30 or so. That last 30 seconds was gonna be tough.
I didn't make it. And I got a promotion about that same time and I haven't been quite the same obsessive athlete I used to be since.
The reason I bring all this up. How exciting is this kid's story? Imagine if he makes the Olympics out of the blue like this.
Even if he doesn't, you have to admire the kid for following his dreams.
Sprinter Dallas Robinson, 6 feet 4 inches and 210 pounds, is turning heads with some of the world’s fastest times, despite his limited training and tremendous size.
Dream big, man, dream big.