The Heart of a Champion | Guest post by Damore
Some years ago, I went out to visit my aunt, where I saw my baby cousin learning how to walk. I was amazed! For some reason, watching her stagger on her tiny feet moved me to tears. My aunt and I were cheering her, when all of a sudden she fell hard and flat on her face. I was scared! A big frown replaced my smile instantly. The moment I tried to reach out for her, I felt my aunts grip tighten on my arm as she said amidst laughter 'aba! You too dey fear. Just watch her; she'd stand up by herself.' And truly, in what seemed like seconds, Hali staggered up on her tiny feet and continued her journey to wherever it was that she was going. . Then I heard my aunt scream out 'yeah! That’s my champion!' Champion, you say? Yes, champion of course!
Who is a champion? My dictionary defines a champion as the best competitor, or a supporter. Correct, of course! Nevertheless, I say a champion is someone who stands stronger and taller after every fall, just like my baby Hali :).
Everyone was born to be a champion. The only thing is that some of us do not realise it. Once you realise the fact that you were born to win; that Amaka at your school, or Chibuzor in your office, or any of such other people that always seem to win everything everywhere, only win because you let them to; because you've probably not tried giving yourself the much deserved chance at what they do; or perhaps you are just not where you were destined to shine; and that, just if you'd find the best means to develop your talent, you can very much become like them, or even better than them, you automatically become a champion!
Most times we do not want to try something new, because we are scared of failure; or perhaps success! We think that if we try that new thing, it might not work out, but I challenge you with this- just what if 'it' works out? Why not try out that idea tugging at your mind today. Maybe it wouldn't work out? Maybe people would mock you as a failure. Who is a failure anyway, other than one who can try, but fails to try? A failure is not one who tried many times and failed, but one who failed many times, to try! A failure is one who quits trying.
Have you not heard of Thomas Edison, an American who was reported to have made 10,000 attempts (not 1, not 1,000) before perfecting the electric bulb? When asked the secret of his success, he said 'success is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration!' nice! Did you also see what I saw? Maybe not! He tried for 9,999 times and FAILED! However, on the 10,000th trial, he made history, and today, he is not a failure, and he is not ‘just a successful person’ but also a Legend!
If he had tried putting a square peg, in a round hole (putting his talent into wrong use), he may not have made it! If he had not tried, he would not have made it! If he were not determined to make it work, he would not have made it! If he did not persist regardless of what people thought, he would not have made it! So you see, he tried and persisted; he fell and stood again; he failed and failed again, but in the end, he made it! He was a champion!
The heart of a champion is made of real gold, such that the passage of time and the travails of life do not deter it! Nothing in life is easy; but anything worth having is worth striving and fighting for! If we do not fall, we will not appreciate what it feels like to stand up tall. Successful people do not just become successful, they work, strive, stomach insults, criticisms, hatred, disappointments. . Name it!
You are a champion! You were born to win! In your heart is the urge to find where you really fit, the zeal to work your skill and win, the will to keep trying when you don't make it, and the conviction that if 'they' can do 'it', you can do very much better at 'it'!
Wirrten by Damore, a wonderful writer and friend.
She blogs at www.dr2103.wordpress.com
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