What Do You Really Want…? (1)

Spoiler Alert – Be warned that this article is a spoiler for the movie, Rush. If you choose to proceed, you do at your discretion.   

I saw a movie a couple of days ago with my friend titled “Rush”.  It featured Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, two of the greatest rivals’ Formula one car racing has ever seen. You have to understand, movies are my thing. Everyone who knows me knows it and now you do too.  The movie is about these two race car gurus; James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Hunt was a raw talented rascal, a ‘live for the moment’ kind of guy, a daredevil playboy who left everything out on the race tracks and only drove another day because he survived the day before. Hunt lived on the edge; parties, women, booze, the whole shebang. He lived everyday as if it was his last.  Niki, on the other hand, was an extremely focused brilliant nerd who took calculated risks, blended talent with technical know-how, and believed that the price for success was total and complete devotion to your craft. While Hunt was wild, spontaneous and vivacious, Niki was disciplined, reserved and calculated every move. Once in the movie Niki was asked by the girl he later married why he was driving slowly on the road even though he was a race car driver. He answered “there is no reason to drive fast. There's no prize to be won and no money to be made, so what is the use?” He was so focused that at some point he considered happiness a distraction (talk of being extreme).Anyhow, the movie is filled with lots of rush-like scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat, (although it starts a bit slow, stay with it, it’ll pick up).

As much as it hurts me to kill the thrill for those of you who haven't seen the movie and would like to, I am compelled to narrate some parts of it, if I am going to make my point. The lesson in the movie for me, which is the main point of our discourse today came down to a conversation Niki and Hunt had before one of their races. An exasperated Niki was trying to educate the wild Hunt on the benefits of discipline and focus but Hunt would have none of it. Hunt was certain about the fact that he was sure he would win the race at hand, and Niki asked him a question, “What about tomorrow, next year the next race…?”  In order words, Niki was interested in the long run, while Hunt was interested in the here and now immediate gratification.     

Hunt’s whole ambition was to win the championship, while Niki wanted to be a champion. At the end of the day, after some very gruelling races, Hunt won the championship. Niki pulled out during the last race which happened to be the deciding race, because the risk was too much (He had taken a similar risk earlier and had paid dearly). The irony of the story is that Hunt won the championship, and that was the only championship he ever won. After that championship, Niki went ahead to win seven consecutive times, making him a champion in the long run, not just a championship winner.

In Niki’s closing comments, being the narrator of the movie, he said “… we both got what we wanted…” and of Hunt he said “… he wanted to prove something and he did….” Nice right? Well all the same, I have a question for you as we enter this year, "WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?" Do you just want to win a championship or do you really want to be a champion? Let’s talk more about it in the part two. 

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Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.


  1. Well first of all am itchin to see dis movie...lol. I think i want to be a champion in this race of life. Am looking forward for the part 2

  2. You're indeed gifted,sir.I'm short of words.

  3. Nice One Sir! itching for part 2.

  4. thank you sir. you just helped me get things into perspective...