At the end of the day, people want to see how fast you run.
At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.
I can't change everything by myself but I can be one of the people who are trying to change the situation.
I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.
I wanted to be famous. I wanted people to talk about me.
Many people know that Ethiopia is poor. When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can't make planes or cars, we don't have the materials. We do what we can.
Some people start a sport just to reduce weight, or some say, 'My doctor ordered me to run and do exercise', and for others, they run for completely different benefits. But it is not like that with sport. We need to eat, we need to rest, but also we need to run.
You must do as your people do. If my people are poor, I must be poor. People ask me, 'Why don't you find a personal coach or a private car?' I can't. Then I won't be part of my people.
In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training.
Life is a kind of struggle. Life is a sort of fight.
If you're planning only to make money and nothing else, you'll be broke.
It is not my duty to spend my money in my country, but it is what I want to do. There is nowhere else I would like to invest.
My father thought sport was something fun - he didn't know it was a way to make money.
I find the business world hard.
I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife.