I have just finished reading Lance Armstrong’s book “It’s Not About the Bike”. It’s a great book. I couldn’t put it down. I only started reading it yesterday morning.
In the book he writes about his childhood, albeit briefly, as well as his battle with cancer and his career as a cyclist. It’s certainly a frank account of his life. He talks openly about his treatment for testicular cancer as well as the IVF program that he and his wife had to go through in order to have a child.
There a number of things to take away from reading this book. Firstly, I guess we could all do with taking a step back from time to time to look at the big picture and appreciate what we have instead of complaining about that which we don’t. There are people worse of than ourselves. Secondly, there’s hope if you are prepared to do what it takes. Sure, having talent helps but it’s not everything. I don’t remember who said it, but I remember somebody telling me a long time ago that you create your own luck. What he meant was that if you work really hard at something, you are more likely to succeed to at it. Well, that’s what I read into the story anyway.