I was 13 years old and spending summer vacation in the south of France at my grand parents’ place. 1976 was the year of the Summer Olympics in Montreal. Guy Drut was our best chance for France to get its first gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles. I was so inspired by the man, the challenge and the possibility to watch history in the making. I even imagined myself winning the Olympic gold. To inspire my dream my grand father built 10 hurdles out of bamboo on a field for me to train and realize my dream. I did it. I played all summer that I was Guy Drut winning the race of a lifetime at the Olympics. On the 28th July 1976, Guy Drut became the first French Olympic Champion in the 110 meter hurdles.
20 years later I did not have an Olympic gold but while working at the InterContinental Paris I had the opportunity to meet Guy Drut, my childhood hero, an inspiration to go for my dreams, a stimulus for me to develop the “Out of the Box” thinking mindset. We all have our childhood heroes, it is good to remember how they motivated you and reconnect with how they have inspired you to be the person you are today.
Thank you Bernard for giving me the opportunity to reconnect with my childhood and realize the importance of our heroes.