took to world record-breaking in 2004 after being inspired by a record-setting rally driver in Kenya. What began as a hobby soon escalated into an active publicity pursuit. Today, he promotes the work of social and environmental causes. For these purposes, the most fitting game plans are chosen; then world titles are attempted and frequently created.
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Things people say
When last did you receive a piercing comment about your talent?
Rest assured, I find that as a world record breaker, I get those comments too.
Here are a few I’ve been subjected to over the years – often when live on TV or radio with countless people paying attention.
"Can we use you in our study on psychological disorders?"
"You are so stupid, I want to smash eggs on your head."
"Can we run a story on you? The editor thinks you are strange enough to make a good article."
"Please remind me: what condition were you born with?"
"To our readers: Alastair Galpin is a good example of a man who is wasting his life."
"As a citizen, you are an embarrassment to New Zealand."
"You are the weirdest man I have ever met, and I am sure the audience agrees."
And then there are those comments I have no idea how to respond to...
"Stop clapping – it is hurting my ears two houses away."
"Can you attempt a world record at our public event this weekend and guarantee us you’ll beat the world champion?"
"If you don’t give this government office that world record photo you own, we will just take it."
"You are second best and that makes you my hero."
"Your effort has been unsuccessful - you have been beaten by Arnold Schwarzenegger."
"I hope this is not a personal question: can you tell our listeners exactly how you go to the toilet? You’re live."
Well, I’d better cheer up, hadn’t I!
Don’t worry – I have not given up pursuing my dreams, and that is not likely to happen. Ever. Everybody attracts some sort of reaction to their activities now and again, so this is no different. In fact, I think it’s funny.
Sometimes things do not always go the way we planned. That's when you have to take a step back and look at what you did wrong, or how you might improve on things the next time. Some comments can help determine a new course of action, but others just make you laugh out loud. I don't have to take everything seriously, and learn a lot from life's banana skins.
Over the years I feel that I have achieved a lot. My efforts have had a lot of impact for good causes, coupled with inspiring others to take on the challenge to try and do better.
In other words, here’s to world records and more world records forever more. So keep those heart-warming comments of yours coming in!
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