Sports & Gaming
Lesson time 09:03 min
Learn how to harness your power and lay a foundation for achievement. In this lesson, Lewis teaches how to access and develop your natural abilities, build resilience and determination, and foster a mindset that leads to winning in all you do.
[MUSIC PLAYING] LEWIS HAMILTON: When I was a kid, I didn't feel like I fit in when I was at school. I tried to fit in. I tried to play all the sports. I was always the last one picked in the football team, and I was definitely not the worst. When I discovered go-karting and racing, I found this love. When I put that helmet on, I could be whoever I wanted to be. I felt like I-- it's my cape. I felt I could be Superman. And when I was in that kart, I was able to do things that the others around me weren't able to do. That created a shield around me. And whatever I was feeling outside, I could take into that bubble, and I could execute on track. [MUSIC PLAYING] My parents were divorced when I was two. I spent my weekends with my dad. And during those weekends, my dad was either in the garage working on his car-- so he was a mechanic. I remember sitting in the backseat watching my dad drive. And I was like, I can't wait till I can do that. Naturally, I loved cars. And my dad would watch the grand prix on the weekend. And two of the things I remember seeing when I was four or five years old was Superman and Formula One. My dad would be up at 5:00, 5:30 every morning to go to work. He'd come back. He'll be in the garage fixing the go-kart. His work ethic was insane, and it was inspiring. I was like, I want to be like my dad. He was really-- apart from Superman, he was the real Superman that I got to see every day. He would never let me sleep past 7:30. I would have to be out training. He didn't want me to waste any time. He was always encouraging me to read books, study, understand my equipment, understand the car, the technical sides, go to school and learn about engineering so that you can have more knowledge in order to be the best driver you can be. [MUSIC PLAYING] When I was younger, and I arrived at the go-kart track, I was definitely very much aware we were the only Black family there. We were just a scruffy family, right? That were there for fun, had no clue what we were doing. At the beginning, it's just all fun, and it's a hobby, which everyone's doing. But I do remember the looks that we got, particularly from kids, the negative kind of comments again. But I experienced that through school. I never fully understood it, and I never really asked my parents about it. What does that mean? But when we were at these kart races, my dad just said, do you talking on the track. So we'd stay quiet. We would take the insults. We would take that negative energy, and we'd turn it into positivity. And we would win those races. And when we would leave after winning these races, it was the greatest feeling. So I think the important part of that message-- no matter what you're going through, there is a way of turning it into a positive, channeling that negativity or that aggression, whatever it may be, and focusing it on what you love. I think that's why I'm able to drive the way I drive today, 'cause I have th...
As the winningest Formula 1 driver in the history of the sport, Lewis Hamilton knows what it takes to come out on top. Now, he’s teaching you how to achieve greatness in your own life. Whether you already know your goals or are still trying to figure them out, you’ll learn how to face your fears, turn negatives into positives, and continuously challenge yourself in order to find—and reach—your true potential.