“The encounter seemed to highlight the narrowness of Achon’s own escape: the thin thread of chance that had sustained his ambition. Back in Kampala, I spoke with Christopher Banage Mugisha, the sports master who had scouted Achon at the District Championships 22 years before. If Mugisha hadn’t seen him run, I said, it seemed likely that Achon would have stayed on the farm with his family, married, and never have left the village.
Mugisha agreed. “There are those who have the potential but do not get noticed,” he said with a shrug. “And there are those who have the potential, and also get noticed, but who are not willing to take the risk. To have all three—the potential, the luck to be noticed, and the willingness to take the risk—that is the story behind the success of Julius Achon (or insert your name here).”
-- Runner’s World January 2012 edition “Born to run Back”