It’s easy to be inspired by Turia Pitt.
At only 30 years old, the ultramarathon runner turned author and motivational speaker has overcome obstacles too tall to comprehend. Those achievements, she says, are the outcomes of hard work and unrivalled determination.
And that grit – that edge – is something she says juggling multiple jobs as a teenager helped her foster.
In a stirring Instagram post, Turia gave us a glimpse into the adolescence that shaped her:
“I’ve never been the smartest, the fittest or the most talented. But I’ve always prided myself on being the hardest-worker,” she says along with a photo of herself at 14 making coffee.
“At high school I had heaps of weekend jobs,” she continued.
“I’d work at Civic Video on Friday night. Then on Saturday morning, I’d ride my bike to the local fish and chip shop, work all day, then ride my bike back to Civic Video, change my uniform in the utility closet and work Saturday night.