Nick Vujicic stands tall
Nick was born on 4th December, 1982, without arms and legs. However, there was no medical reason for it. His parents did their best to give him a life of an ordinary person without any physical deformity, and gave him every opportunity to live life to the fullest.
But it wasn’t so easy for him. He used to feel helpless and was so depressed that he attempted suicide a couple of times at a very young age. However, he soon realized that he did not want to leave his loved ones with the burden of guilt that would result from his suicide.
Michael Jordan went ahead step-by-step
Michael, during his university days, in the basketball summer camp, impressed all with his speed and skill. But the coach had a dull hope of him qualifying for the university team group as Michael did not have the minimum height required. So when the list of names for the university team was announced, all of Michael’s mates who were at least 198cm in height were in the list, but Michael wasn’t.
This moment had a big impact on Michael’s life. He was so startled that he went through the list several times, feeling sure that his coach had mistakenly left his name out. At that time, his mom came forward to offer him an advice, “The best thing you could do now is to prove to the coach that he had made a mistake.”
When Sachin Tendulkar was slapped
Praveen Amre, who was coached by Sir Ramakant Achrekar (who also had Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli under his tutelage), recalled an incident, in an interview, about Sachin Tendulkar when he used to play as an under-14.
He said that the disciplinarian, Sir Achrekar seldom said ‘well played’ to anyone, but he used to call Sachin a hero. Amre didn’t fail to mention that Sir Achrekar did everything he could for Sachin. He was ruthless to Sachin when it came to training, but also used to drive him around on the Mumbai streets on his scooter after the tough training. Not to forget, he might be the only person who has slapped the great Sachin Tendulkar.
When a paralytic woman became the fastest woman in the world
Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) faced toughest of childhoods. She was born prematurely, and walked into illnesses one after another, constantly! Her family was financially weak and could barely afford a doctor. She was nursed to health by her family, majorly by her mother.
At the age of 4, she contracted infantile paralysis (caused by polio virus). Eventually, she recovered from the virus. However, she had to wear a brace on her left leg and foot, and later an orthopaedic shoe, to walk. In 1952, she started walking independent of the aid of the medical devices. She vowed to get over with all her illness and get on with her dream of becoming an athlete. And the rest is history.
Sir Isaac Newton, in the year 1687, published his research work in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. This work described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion. These theories, since more than three centuries now, have been dominantly used, in most scientific calculations and applications.
Have you ever wondered how he first got the thought of gravity or motion? How did he work out those concepts in simple mathematical formulas? What principles and assumptions did he use and how? How many times did he test and revise his formulas, principles and assumptions after practical application? What different did he do?
What is ‘to procrastinate’?
To procrastinate is to defer action; to delay; to put off till another day or time.
Generally, we delay things which require efforts just for a comforting present. In other words, it’s a chronic disease that causes us to avoid difficult tasks, for it is a perennial struggle with self-control.
Another view says that procrastination can be done in context of distractions as well, which helps us focus on the more important stuff. This signifies that procrastination is not a bad thing if done the right way!
Let us first break it down:
Literal dictionary meanings (relevant to the context) –
Embrace: Acceptance of something (a belief, theory or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
Discomfort: Absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness or hardship.
Humans have a natural tendency of finding a ‘comfort zone’ – a behavioral space where there is minimum stress and risk. We look for it everywhere we go and in everything we do. We really do feel at home in that virtual space.