It hasn’t happened in 37 years.
What I’m referring to is a horse winning the horse racing Triple Crown. This year a horse named American Pharoah has won the first two races of the Triple Crown and is in line to do so this coming June 6.
Whenever this possibility comes up what comes to mind is another horse.
Well not just any horse, but the amazing Secretariat.
Secretariat was a race horse that won the Triple Crown back in 1973. The Triple Crown consists of 3 races, the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes . This is a rare feat that only 11 horses have ever achieved, with the last time being in 1978.
One of the things that made Secretariat such an amazing horse is that he set the track record in each of those races and two of them still stand to this day.
In fact Secretariat, a horse, was named the 35th greatest athlete of all time. That’s how amazing of a horse he was.
The other thing which made Secretariat amazing was his big heart…and in more ways than one. First, he had a certain “Hollywood type” of charisma about him that stood out.
The other thing which stood out was that his physical heart was twice the size of any horse that has ever been seen, and it was this which ultimately led to his death back in 1989.
So where am I going with this?
Humans just like horses have a personality and are unique, and along with this have the ability to excel beyond what anyone else thinks they can do…
And a big part of this involves having a big heart.
So that’s our question (and topic) for today…
“How big of a heart do you have?”
Let’s take a deeper look at this in your weekly wealth tips:
1. From last to first- One of the amazing things about the 3 Triple Crown races that Secretariat ran back in 1973 is that in the first two he started out in last place, and then within a 2 minute time span went on to win each race comfortably. This was a pretty consistent pattern of Secretariat which everyone was aware of.
Why am I bringing this up and how does it relate to you?
Because no matter where you are right now in your life you can go from what seems like a “last place” situation to a “first place” situation…
Or put another way you can go from where you are now to where you want to be no matter how things appear on the outside.
So what does it take to do this?
Well, to start, it is important to be very clear on what it is you want to accomplish. What’s your mission? What are your goals?
And remember that these are unique to you.
The other important part of this is that you’ll be supported and challenged along the way. You’ve heard me say before that humans grow most at the border of support and challenge and this also includes any of the other opposite pairs of negative and positive traits which make up support and challenge.
Trying to go through life with the mindset of everything being easy, always having support and being positive, is actually the very thing which breeds its opposite.
A very wise person many years back said…
“If you’re going through your life and are not being challenged get on your knees and pray for one.”
The point here is that you need a healthy balance of support and challenge throughout your life if you’re looking to achieve higher levels of success.
2. Heart to heart- What was also interesting about Secretariat and any race horse for that matter is that they have a rider, in the form of a human being. Even though there’s a horse being ridden by a human there still needs to be some kind of connection in order to get that horse to run effectively.
Well the same is true in your life as well, except that, instead of your dealing with a horse, you’re dealing with people.
This is also known as having a connection with others…
And not just any connection but a heart to heart connection.
No matter how you look at it, having a heart to heart connection with the people you serve determines the level of success you’ll achieve. Of course this can occur on many different levels, but the bottom line is that when you truly care about helping others while valuing yourself, the probability of you becoming very wealthy and successful goes up dramatically.
Just know that the key here is to be sincere and to really care about what is important to others while also being aware of what is important to you.
3. Standing out- One of the main things that solidified Secretariat as a legend is what took place in that last Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes, back in June 1973. In that race, unlike the previous two he started out right in front. Those who were watching couldn’t believe it because he never did that and just about everyone was thinking he was going to “blow it” and lose.
He didn’t lose.
In fact what he did on that day is still talked about after almost 40 years.
He won that race by 31 lengths. In other words, he “blew away” the rest of the horses.
Many of the people watching that race had tears in their eyes afterwards.
It was an amazing sight to see this horse coming down the last part of the race by himself and really standing out head and shoulders above the others.
Even the people who owned Secretariat couldn’t explain it and all they were able to say is that the horse just took on a mind of its own, ignored his rider and ran his own race
Well now it’s time for you to take on a mind of your own, run your own race, and stand out.
You would start by asking yourself…
“What is it about who I am that can provide a tremendous amount of value to others?”
“How can I use my uniqueness and stand out in a way that helps others while being valued for what I provide?”
“What do I want to be remembered for and what legacy do I want to leave?”
Taking the time to answer these questions can really transform your life. It can take you from what seems like “last place” to being in “first place” and in a much shorter time than you may think.
You are worthy and deserving of living an extraordinary life…
And it starts by realizing the magnificence and brilliance of who you are.