Seeing in Others What They Can’t See in Themselves

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember this post about entrepreneur Len Forkas’ experience as a solo competitor in the 2012 Race Across America — a grueling, 3,000-mile bicycle race that starts in California and ends in Maryland. At age 52, Len finished in less than 12 days, placing first in his age group and tenth overall. Best of all, he raised over $300,000 for Hopecam, his nonprofit that uses technology to connect young cancer patients with their friends at school.

Earlier this year, Len published What Spins the Wheel, a book that describes his journey and lists ten lessons he learned during the race. Lesson #8 is to “See in Others What They Can’t See in Themselves.” By doing so, “we can inspire people to achieve more than they ever thought possible,” he wrote.

That lesson came to mind when I watched Dananjaya Hettiarachchi’s winning performance in Toastmasters International’s 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking. Over six months, Hettiarachchi, a human resources consultant from Sri Lanka, advanced through seven rounds of competition against 33,000 competitors worldwide before taking first place.

A video of his speech, “I See Something,” is below. Take a few minutes to watch it. You’ll be glad you did.


About Lynne Strang

I'm a freelance writer who helps organizations and individuals meet their marketing and communications goals. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." To learn more, please visit my website:
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28 Responses to Seeing in Others What They Can’t See in Themselves

  1. Joan B says:

    loved it!!! thanks for sharing it.

  2. D.H. Rotmil says:

    Great inspiration. I’m working on a writing career and I’m well above 40 now. Will read your book!

    • Lynne Strang says:

      Congratulations on your writing career. Being on this planet for a while gives you more to write about. Hope the book is helpful — would love to hear what you think after you’ve read it!

  3. bayriandkiki says:

    What a fantastic video. So glad I watched. 🙂

  4. ofwcoach says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    take a few minutes to watch it. you’ll be glad you did…

  5. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing, Lynne.

  6. Karen Wan says:

    Reblogged this on Our Enchanting Adventure and commented:
    Like this post and the great video!

  7. mastermindwm says:

    Reblogged this on ilovebeingrich and commented:
    I really like the energy here.

  8. Thank you Lynne for sharing that video. What a wonderful public speaker! I was engaged the whole time Dananjaya Hettiarachchi was speaking. He really knows how to make his message stick, which reminds me of a book I read in one of my strategic communication classes, called “Made To Stick,” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Hettiarachchi had a strong message, emotion and a comedic relief that truly carried his story. Very sincere. Thanks again.

    • Lynne Strang says:

      Just skimmed the first chapter of “Made To Stick.” I can see entrepreneurs using its concepts to creating memorable messaging for advertising/promotional campaigns. Thanks for mentioning this book.

  9. zeeeze says:

    Fantastic video….I almost wanted to say “I see something in you, Lynne”
    Thanks for sharing!

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