Tori Bowie is fast and all about patience

Tori Bowie is so focused on the now. She’s not focused on the next Olympics, even after earning bronze, silver and gold medals in her Games debut in Rio. As one of the fastest female sprinters in the world, she only thinks about what’s in front of her. 

I think that’s a lesson for all of us – to not get too far ahead of ourselves. What do we have today and how can we make the best of it and continue to improve? According to Tori, it’s patience. 

“I think it’s all about patience – not the work ethic. The work ethic is extremely important, but I feel that sometimes what we want to achieve is not on our own time. We simply just have to continue to work and have faith.” –Tori Bowie

Tori’s story is just incredible. She comes from this small Mississippi town of 100 people, where she rose up and earned great success in college. Then, she thought her career was over after some massive disappointments in her professional career. 

Think about that. For three or four years, she was only a long jumper. Then, with a lot of patience, she became the fastest woman in the world. What a story. 

“It’s just been all about not worrying about what’s going on in the outside world, but just worrying about doing the absolute best that you can do. We can’t control what anyone else is doing. That’s the statement I put into my brain every single day when I get onto the track. Worry about myself. I can’t control what anyone else out here is doing. That’s been getting me by, day by day.” –Tori Bowie

Tori is a young athlete that changed the trajectory of her life, and she did it based on patience and faith and chasing the dream that she loves. 

“I would tell anyone to chase their dreams with all their heart.” –Tori Bowie

Listen to my conversation with Tori here. 

Lauren Grancio