A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to go along to a business lunch where the amazing Layne Beachley was giving the keynote speech. What an amazing woman!
I must admit, I am not a surfer (I had my first lesson at age 39!) and I have never taken that much interest in Layne’s career. I have certainly missed out on witnessing some amazing achievements – my loss! Anyway, hearing her describe her career, her ups and downs, her incredibly sad childhood and her struggles with chronic fatigue and depression to go on to win 7 World Championships was fabulous. She speaks with such passion and enthusiasm, it would be hard not to be inspired by her story.
One of the things that stood out to me was what gave her inspiration.
Eminem. That’s right, the American rapper.
Eminem’s song ‘Lose yourself’ was what gave Layne her push to go forward and win her 7th World title. She was tired, she had had enough of the pressure, she was ready to hand the torch to the younger riders and Layne told her story of how she almost gave up prior to going through to her 7th World final and how her favourite song ‘Lose Yourself’ was what snapped her back to reality to give her the edge to go out and win. I thought it would be a great idea to share those great lyrics.
This also happens to be one of my favourite songs as well. I’ve taken the liberty of extracting the lyrics I want to highlight. I hope you take some inspiration from these:
Lose Yourself – Eminem
“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime
“Success is my only option, failure’s not
“So here I go it’s my shot.
Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got
“You can do anything you set your mind to, man”
Thanks Eminem. Couldn’t have said it better myself.