As a kid growing up, Tim loved sports, but he was not athletic at all. He was so tall and skinny that his friends and classmates referred to Tim as “stringbean” and “the pole.”
He tried out for all of the school’s teams, but he never made the cuts. He was not big enough to play football and he didn’t have the hand-eye coordination for baseball. He tried playing basketball because he was tall for his age, but he wasn’t very good at getting the ball into the basket.
Tim wasn’t a fast runner, so track was out of the question and he didn’t have the arm or leg strength to be a fast swimmer.
Ultimately, Tim gave up trying to be an athlete. He became very cerebral and somewhat of a shut in, spending most of his time reading or wandering the corridors of his brilliant mind. Where he failed at athletics, he excelled at academics.
Long story short, Tim leveraged his extraordinary brain to overcome his lean and lanky frame and his lack of athleticism. He managed to turn a small investment in a nascent technology into a multinational business enterprise worth billions of dollars.
And using his enormous wealth, he bought a major league baseball team, an NFL football team, and an NBA basketball team.
As an adult, Tim loved sports, and he was still not athletic at all. But some of the best athletes in the world were his employees.
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “athletic.”