If you’re wondering if the movie, The Walk is based on a true story, it definitely is — one of the most bizarre and daring things to ever be done. Philippe Petit was a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, on the morning of August 7, 1974.
The big question is ‘How Did He Do It?’
Wasn’t he scared of that much height? Was he jazzed up? Is he even human at all?
He was asked in an interview if perhaps he was nervous or frightened about his great ‘walk’, and he said,
‘No, no, I’m never nervous actually. I was extremely short of time because the construction workers were about to work on the roof and I was hours behind my ‘planned schedule’, so I was febrile. I had no reason to be nervous because it was my dream and I had thought of doing it for so many years.’
Can you believe that at that very danger-filled moment when the possibility of living dropped compared to that of dying, all he could think about was how time was not on his side and how he needed to just ‘get it done’? He said it was his dream and it was what he wanted to do. So, he did not listen to the cold whispers of fear, but rather he set his eyes on the prize. He never lost focus. And he made is dream a reality.
Today, set your eyes on the prize and go for it! Ignore the pain or the fear or the criticism or the fall. The team that is more focused today is the team that will win this game.