the real-life story of a sergeant in the Hungarian army; Karoly Takacs was a member of his country’s world championship pistol shooting team.
He won most of the national and international championship. He seemed closest to winning the 1940 Tokyo Olympic Games gold medal.
A big tragedy happened with him one day. While doing training exercise in 1938, a defective hand grenade blew up in his right and shooting hand. That hand grenade destroyed his forearm as well as his dream of Olympic gold medal. At that time he was just 28 years old.
After spending one month in the hospital, he decided to hold on his dream of Olympic. He thought though he left his one hand he had another one healthy hand, with that hand he started practicing. With full hard work and dedication, he practices achieving the success.
Despite the pain, he had and he was not left-handed he focused on his goal and practice. He was determined to make his left hand a best shooting hand in the world.
One year later Karoly decided to participate in national shooting championship. The participant thought that he came to cheer them, but Karoly surprised them by saying that he came to compete with them. He won a championship.
Then he wanted to participate in Olympic but due to Second World War, 1940 and 1944 Summer Olympics were canceled. Then in 1948 Olympic Games were held in London. Karoly was chosen to represent Hungary in pistol shooting event. He practiced and won gold medal shooting with his left hand. After four years again he participated and won gold medal shooting with the left hand.
What did you learn from this story?
The story taught me that when we face failure we shouldn’t think about what we lost, think about what we have. Don’t lose yourself for self-pity. Just pick yourself up and find a solution to overcome failure. As every problem is having some solution, just we need to find that solution.
This story also taught me that always believe in yourself, no failures can destroy your will, mental strength, and determination.
Hope you inspired with this story and apply what you learned from this story in your life.