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Your Greatest Strength

posted Jul 4, 2011, 9:26 PM by ABDUL SALEEM saleem

This is a story of a 10-year-old boy who decided to practice judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well. But even after three months of training, the master has taught him only one move. "Master, shouldn't I be learning more moves?" the boy asked. "This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," replied the master. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be over matched. His opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.


On the way home, the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. "Master, how did I win the tournament with only one move?" "You won for two reasons; first, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defence for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."


The boy's greatest weakness had become his greatest strength. Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run in to a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.