Fight Mediocrity

I’ve got a few questions for you, first up –

  • What is your maximum effort?
  • When can you say that you’ve given everything you’ve got?
  • What is your limit?

(Think about it for a while.)

Well, I wasn’t able to figure out any specific answer to these questions. You might say that you’ve reached the peak of your effort when you’re extremely tired or fatigued, mentally or physically. But, is there an automatic mechanism that shuts you down when you’re extremely drained?

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Don’t give up!

Insane Danny Way

Danny Way (born April 15, 1974) is an American professional skateboarder. In X Games 14 – Los Angeles, California (July 31 – August 3, 2008), Danny Way was participating in the ‘Big Air’ competition. Before this, he had won in all the X Games Big Air competitions he had participated in.

In his 2nd of the 5 runs, his shins clipped on the edge of the quarter-pipe after a 20+ foot freefall, which the commentators referred to as the “second worst fall ever at the X Games”.

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Get Into Action

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.

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Goal-Setting

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.”

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Grow under a Mentor

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.

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The Unbelievable Self-Belief

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.

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