The Story of Wilma Rudolph for Startups

by on Feb 17, 2018
The story of Wilma Rudolph for startups

A website that summarizes lessons from real stories to inpsire, guide and inform startups and businesses, cannot help telling you the story of Wilma Rudolph, and how it is relevant to startups and sales, marketing, other people.

Watch this four-minute movie and see for yourself!

The story of Wilma Rudolph is directly relevant to today’s startups, businesses, sales, marketing and other folks.

Because we dream.

And we have to fight all odds to make it happen.

Here are 6 lessons from the lady herself:


Never underestimate the POWER OF DREAMS and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

– Wilma Rudolph


I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of DETERMINATION, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.

– Wilma Rudolph


The triumph can’t be had without the STRUGGLE.

– Wilma Rudolph


It doesn’t matter WHAT you’re trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline. I was determined to discover what life held for me beyond the inner-city streets.

-Wilma Rudolph


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.  NOBODY GOES UNDEFEATED ALL THE TIME. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.

– Wilma Rudolph


I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that THE ONLY PERSON I’M COMPETING WITH IS ME.

– Wilma Rudolph

Summarizing the lessons from the story of the great legend, Wilma Rudolph:

  • Chase your dream, you have the potential
  • Never, never, never give up
  • Struggle is the key to triumph
  • It doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve
  • No one is undefeatable all the time
  • The competition is between you and you

Especially, I am besotted with the last point, because it so resonates with me:

Whether individual or organization, you are not competing with someone else.

You are competing with yourself – a previous version of yourself.

For Wilma, it was not Wilma vs. Jutta.
It was Wilma vs. Wilma.
It was the Wilma who wanted to win three medals vs. the Wilma who had won two medals.

It doesn’t have to be Facebook vs. Google, Apple vs. Samsung, one startup vs. another, or one individual vs. another.

It has to be Facebook vs. Facebook, iPhone vs. iPhone, Android vs. Android, and so on.

And, of course, YOU vs. YOU.

You might want to watch the triumphant moments of Wilma Rudolph in the Olympic YouTube Channel.

Here the link: