A Short Tribute to the “late great” Ayrton Senna: Life at the Limit

September 15, 2010
 
A very young “author/driver (aspiring)/dreamer “with his boyhood hero, Stirling Moss
East London, South Africa (1961)
 
 

Article Title: ‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, sport, elite performance, champion, champions, Formula 1, great racing drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles,
achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!)

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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A SHORT “TRIBUTE” TO AYRTON SENNA:
LIFE AT THE LIMIT

Submitter’s Note:
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript, a “real labour of love” titled ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, where we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing driver ever on planet earth.

This short extract forms part of a new manuscript titled ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.
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INTRODUCTION

“Allow me to let you in to a little secret. All Formula One drivers are pretty much identical. Occasionally you get one — like Ayrton Senna — who’s 0.1 per cent better than the rest, but mostly they all have the same ability. I mean it! “

– the opinion of Jeremy Clarkson (from ‘Top Gear’) on Grand Prix drivers

And Stan’s opinion…
“On the whole I agree with Clarkson – they are all pretty much the same talent wise. However, there are a few who are not only very quick, but are also able to ‘manage’ the car over the length of a race – looking after tyres, not over-stressing the engine and gearbox and so on. Then there are a few who are absolutely rubbish at that – the engine breakers and tyre shredders. So, if you put them all in the same car and asked them to do a quick lap, they’d all be within 0.1 of each other; but over the course of an F1 race the smoother drivers would rise to the top. That’s the thing with Senna – he was not only quick, he was very good at managing the car. You rarely saw him at the ragged edge, he never missed an apex (apart from that once and that wasn’t his fault) and you rarely saw him lock his brakes.

And my opinion (humble):
I think there can be quite some difference between the drivers on the grid, emphasized by the different wide disparities between the performance of the cars, especially today (some current F1 drivers shouldn’t be there). And a minimal margin of only .01% between drivers and the very best like an Ayrton Senna is most under-rated!

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The great* Brazilian world champion racing driver, Ayton Senna* once said:

* perhaps the greatest ‘racer’ of them all.

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.” *
– Ayrton Senna

* from ‘FORMULA 1: The Autobiography’
Edited by Gerald Donaldson (and first published in the UK in 2002 by Wedenfeld and Nicolson). Thanks for the great gift, dad.

Senna once said: “I am able to experience God’s presence on earth. God gives me strength and life is a present that God has given to us… and that we are obliged to keep it, to handle it carefully.” Faith needs work, like everything else. It’s about individual self-realisation. Senna’s faith provided him with an armour of self belief.

Ayrton Senna’s relentless search for perfection took him to places where no driver had been before…

“When I am competing against the watch and against other competitors, the feeling of expectation, of getting it done and doing the best I can gives me a kind of power, that some moments when I am driving actually detaches me completely from anything else as I’m doing it…corner after corner, lap after lap. I can give you a true example.

Monte Carlo 1988, the last qualifying session… Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anyone else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was like I was in a tunnel.Not only the tunnel under the hotel, but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.”

‘This sort of thing happens to people at a very high level of mental and physical activity, where the intellect and the body combine and it becomes hard to say who is pulling the strings.’ #

# Sourced from ‘The Death of Ayrton Senna’ by Richard Williams (Publisher Viking, Part of the Penguin Group, first published 1995)

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A few final vital words to conclude…

“Look across all sport and observe the truly great. All had this zest for combat, this taste for being truly tested. All wished to explore the limits of their own possibilities.

Time after time we are forced to wonder why one great talent succeeds… and another still greater talent falls short? The reason is not mere “the will to win”. Rather it is the will to be tested at the very highest level. It is the ability to not only dwell on the far edge of sporting possibility, but to hold one’s balance…and to relish the proximity of the void.”
-fine writing from The Times, London

True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) when required, something very special inside themselves. If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion!

Reach for the stars and discover the champion of life in YOU through playing your own brand of music on the magical journey of life.

Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and passionate petrol-head”)

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. True champions LIVE the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
– craig

PS:
I see that recently Ayrton Senna was voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers in Autosport magazine)

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”
– Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…
but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

About the submitter:
Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate petrol-head”), who believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams, even ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.
http://www.craiglockbooks.com www.webng/writernz and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on motor racing) are available at:

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

PPS

The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ – see the dream never died. It’s just taken another course!

“Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned… in order to live the life you were meant to live.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS
“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”

Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMA1eYdLZLM

Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhAghiP-5Fk

“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

craig 11/11

from The Chequered Flag
Available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-CHEQUERED-FLAG-GREATEST-ebook/dp/B0064R6D36

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”

Thoughts of Madiba: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter…”

August 19, 2015

Originally posted on Nelson Mandela: My Inspiration (and "Inspirator"):

SAcoming home

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb…”

from https://longroadtopeace.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/i-have-walked/

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Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”

– c from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

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Nelson Mandela rainbow, Pretoria, South Africa (12th December 2013)

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“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

August 18, 2015

Originally posted on It's not the mountain we conquer, but OURSELVES:

“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

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from https://beliefhope.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/its-not-the-mountain-we-conquer-but-ourselves/

and   https://formula1mind.wordpress.com

“He never ever stopped climbing that mountain.”

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life…

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A Writing Thought: “I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

August 10, 2015

Originally posted on Racing (and Writing) in the Zone:

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“Life is what happens in between making other plans.”
– John Lennon

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“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari*… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”

  • That’s  a metaphor , by the way!

Hope this doesn’t sound too “way out there, beyond  the Zone.”

earthandmoonstoick257

Still

“I’d rather aim at something high and fail…

than aim at nothing and succeed.”

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

for dearest mom and dad, your spirits lives on (forever)

thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love

craig

From  my book ‘Writing into the Light’

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http://www.amazon.com/Writing-into-Light-Ill-ebook/dp/B005HFA1FW

and http://godandformula1.wordpress.com/

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The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available (including…

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Sport for Peace

August 9, 2015

Originally posted on Sport for Peace: Sport Transcending Boundaries:

The Grand Prix driver crossed the finishing line beneath the colourful banner stretching across the width of the oil and rubber smeared tarmac below to win the Monaco Grand Prix in the year that was 2009. Exhausted (both mentally and physically) and saturated with sweat, the champion driver raised his arms, in celebration, glorious triumph, knowing that he had driven his last.. and the best ever race in his long and illustrious career.

As the champion of the world drove under the banner proclaiming ‘Sport for Peace’ and received the chequered flag to the silent roars of the crowd, he also knew that a new chapter in his rather eventful life, yet also his greatest challenge lay in the days ahead.

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from A New Bookhttps://totheendoftherainbow.wordpress.com/
https://totheendoftherainbow.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/sport-for-peace/

Fact, Fiction  or perhaps “faction”???!!!

“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link…

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“People talk about the Zone as a very outward thing, but it’s not”. It’s very spiritual. To me, the Zone is when you’re operating at the intuitive level. You’re not thinking about it, so it happens naturally. You’re at the top of your job. You’ve got your emotions controlled, your energy is channelled and you’re just doing it. That’s the Zone. You’re just doing it.”

August 3, 2015

Originally posted on Racing (and Writing) in the Zone:

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“People talk about the Zone as a very outward thing, but it’s not”. It’s very spiritual. To me, the Zone is when you’re operating at the intuitive level. You’re not thinking about it, so it happens naturally. You’re at the top of your job. You’ve got your emotions controlled, your energy is channelled and you’re just doing it. That’s the Zone. You’re just doing it.”

– British touring car driver, Andy Priax

MY COMMENT

This happens when you’re in a deep state of concentration and focus, as in times of meditation and prayer (“communing with God).  You may be lying on a bed perfectly relaxed, but you are still channelling energy… powerfully. Like you’re in a trance, you are oblivious to everything around you, as I am now writing (and sharing) these words… which just seem to be “flowing” into my head from “outer space”, the sub-conscious mind, wherever (who…

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SENNA KNEW WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING

July 22, 2015

Originally posted on Sport for Peace: Sport Transcending Boundaries:

Senna loved winning too, of course: he was obsessed by it as champions are. But what separates him is that he came to realise there was more to life – and that is why people are making films about him today. He had the visionary mystique to know in a world of plenty you do not have to have ‘have-nots’ to have ‘haves’.

His trainer Josef Leberer told me: “During my first year with Ayrton we were driving through Sao Paulo when we saw a favela and I asked how he felt when he saw these people. He said it was very hard for him and it hurt a lot, but that you have to be powerful to effect any real change and he was not there yet.

https://ayrtonsennadasilva.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/senna-knew-winning-isnt-everything/

and https://godandformula1.wordpress.com/category/ayrton-senna/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we…

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“The untapped potential in every human being is limitless: we are perfectly capable of producing, all by ourselves, true magic.”

July 21, 2015

Originally posted on The Champion:

from  https://raceinthezone.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/the-untapped-potential-in-every-human-being-is-limitless-we-are-perfectly-capable-of-producing-all-by-ourselves-true-magic-2/

“The untapped potential in every human being is limitless: we are perfectly capable of producing all by ourselves, true magic.”

– Alex Zanardi*

*  gold medal winner at the Para-Olympics in London (2012). Alex sadly lost both legs in an horrifing Indy-car crash in Germany in 2001…yet his courageous )and indomitable) spirit  inspires him to  continually seek new challenges in life

– powerful (and great) writing from Clyde Brolin in his excellent book ‘Overdrive: Formula One in the Zone’ (web site www.overdrivef1.com)

‘God and Formula One’ by the submitter: The fastest published book in the world (see http://www.amazon.com/GOD-FORMULA-ONE-F1-ebook/dp/B005Z6BFX0/

from https://godandformula1.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-key-here-is-the-dream-rather-than-its-realisation/

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“When you’re writing there are times when you feel it’s a bit of a struggle. However, at other times you’re in what is called ‘the zone’ and writing just feels effortless. This happens when finding the right words is no longer a struggle; but this heightened state, as with most crafts usually comes with practise. Then words simply flow into your head faster than you can write them down (or can press the keyboard). But you have to really push your writing limits to get this kind of experience. “ Then later you look what you’ve written and think: “Bloody hell. That’s good. Did I really write that? Wonder where all that came from!”

June 30, 2015

The Winning Mind

June 25, 2015

Originally posted on The Winning Mind:

https://thewinningmind.wordpress.com/the-winning-mind/

The Winnning Mind is available at http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Mind-Craig-Lock-ebook/dp/B005GXN99A

Craig’s various books on sport, sport psychology, motor racing and Formula 1 are at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=craig+lock+%2B+the+winning+mind

 “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
~ Franz Kafka
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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“Our Mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds, You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds”

June 24, 2015

Originally posted on Mom's Thoughts: Just sharing Some of Our Dear Mom's Favourite Thoughts:

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“Our Mind is a garden,

our thoughts are the seeds,

You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds”

-anon

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

You may also like the articles at   .http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-and-deb-shapiro/mindfulness-meditation-yo_b_618734.html  and

“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”

– James Allen

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PLANT your seeds in fertile ground through encouraging words to others

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Be happy along the amazing journey of life

from

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/sharing-a-few-thoughts-on-using-the-immense-power-of-words-and-language-2

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and…

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