But They Forgot Something [quote]

How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, ‘You’re too small Pre’, ‘You’re not fast enough Pre’, ‘Give up your foolish dream Steve’. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN.

Steve Prefontaine – American middle and long-distance runner

As I learn more about running, I also learn more about its legends. Prefontaine is one of them. Coached by Bill Bowerman, cofounder of Nike, Steve was an electrifying athlete who got people on their feet when he raced. Over his career, he won 120 of the 153 races he ran (78 percent), set numerous American records in distances between 2,000 and 10,000 meters and placed 4th in the ’72 Olympics.

He died at the young age of 24 but left behind a legacy that inspires people to this day. You can learn more about Steve here and here.

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Jason Shen

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and talent expert. He is CEO of a performance hiring platform called Headlight, a Fast Company contributor, and an advocate for Asian American men. Follow him on Twitter at @jasonshen and subscribe to his private newsletter.

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