A Story – Weakness or Strength? It’s All in Your Perception.
A 10-year-old boy wanted to learn judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating accident when he was a toddler. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master; who showed him just one single move. A few months rolled by… The boy was practicing the move that his teacher taught him, but, he couldn’t understand why, the master had not taught him any other moves even after three months of training.
One day, “Sensei,” [a word in Japanese that is used to show respect to someone who has achieved a certain level of mastery in an art form or some other skill – somewhat similar to how we, in India call our teachers, ‘guru‘], the boy finally asked, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” The Sensei replied, “This is the only move you need, and this is the only move you’ll ever need to know.” Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy continued his training.
After several months of practice, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. To his surprise, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be a little difficult, but as the match progressed, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move that he knew so well to win the match.
The boy was finally reached the last round of the tournament. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the umpire called a time-out. The tournament referee suggested to the teacher that he might stop the match; “No,” the Sensei insisted, “Let him continue. Didn’t he reach the final round on his own? He can defend himself.”
The match resumed, and his opponent became over-confident and threw his caution to the wind – a critical mistake. Instantly, the boy used his only move to pin him down; and won the match.
The boy became the champion of the tournament. On the way home, the student and the teacher reviewed every move in each and every match they witnessed. The boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”
“You won for two reasons,” the Sensei answered. “First, you have almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.” The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
We typically, blame our circumstances for our weaknesses and we resign ourselves for it. However, each of us is special and unique, so never limit yourself because of any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!
Your biggest weakness becomes your biggest strength!
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