It’s a Rush!

Formula 1 in 1976 was a high point for me. James Hunt (my all-time favourite F1 driver) became World Champion and I had been at the British Grand Prix to see him ‘win’.  Later on I was to meet him and even race against him.  So it was with a feeling of excitement when I first watched ‘Rush’, the film of the story of the 1976 season and his battle with Niki Lauda.  Two very different people but with one common goal, to be the very best; at any cost!

I was a little concerned that they might make my hero out to be something he wasn’t, but from my, albeit limited, knowledge of the man, I think Ron Howard (the director) did a really good job.  I thought the film was brilliant and conveyed the sport as it was at that time.

Now what has ‘Rush’ got to do with us as business owners?  What can we learn from Hunt and Lauda?  Well the first thing is that you can come from totally different backgrounds, have totally different perspectives on life – Hunt and Lauda couldn’t have been more different – but also you have to have a real passion, a burning passion, and determination, if you are going to stand any chance of achieving your goal.

As I say, both Hunt and Lauda had a dream, to be the Formula 1 World Champion, but that was their long-term goal, and along the way there had many short-term goals.  They worked race by race.  Then there were rules, governing bodies, competition from other drivers, the weather, lack of money, the unknown, constant danger and distractions.  In the final race of the season in Japan, Hunt knew where he had to finish in order to be crowned World Champion.  He had his short-term goal which would lead him to his long-term goal.

A major part of their success was down to what each would sacrifice in order to live their dream.  Lauda had to give up his family to race and even James Hunt had to cut back on his ‘activities’ in order to win.  But more than that, it was their total commitment to winning (Hunt was normally physically sick before a race), to being the best, that made them both winners.

So, have you a dream? A goal?  And do you know what it would really need you to do to achieve it?  But, more importantly, have you the drive, the courage, to make it happen?  No matter what the world throws at you.

In the last race in Japan James Hunt had to pit for new tyres just a few laps from the end of the race. To most people his chance of being World Champion was gone.  Ferrari the team Lauda drove for was going mad.  But even then did James Hunt give up?  Many would have and would have said that it just wasn’t to be.

No, this was his dream and nothing was going to stop him.

Author: David Wimblett

Helping people to Make Money and Save Money. Business Mentor - guidance, motivation, inspiration and support. . Started my first business as a 21 year old. Live in Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey with my wife. We have four grown-up sons. Author of 'The 10 Year Breakfast' and 'BNI: One Bite at a Time'.

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