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He was a professional horse rider and was always fond of horse riding competitions. In 1995, he participated in an equestrian competition in Virginia. Everything was fine until he was suddenly thrown off the horse and fell flat on his back. His spinal cord took a bad hit and he was paralysed from the neck down. The only things he could do by himself were to see, hear, breathe and speak.
Most of us are quite familiar with Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in movies. After his tragic accident, he never wallowed in self-pity. Instead, he transformed himself and made an incisive decision to stand for a noble cause to support people who were in a similar situation. He was a great warrior of life. How would you have reacted if faced with the same adversity?
When he passed away in 2004, he left a strong message that if you are strongly determined in life, you can live it your way despite the odds. His legacy remains an inspiration for people worldwide. His physical paralysis did not make him less of a person. It became a genuine reason for his success and made him a real-life superman.
How unfortunate it is to see some people who are blessed with everything in life yet have opted to mentally paralyse themselves with doubts in their own abilities and a fear of failure. They allow setbacks, mistakes and disappointments cripple them instead of transforming these into opportunities to learn, improve, grow, help others and eventually achieve their professional and personal goals.
Live your life with gratitude, positivity and a constant thirst for knowledge and improvement. Be a maverick when it comes to challenging your mental inertia which may have paralysed you and kept you from achieving your dreams. Make this attitude a linchpin of success.
• Wake up each day with eagerness and a positive mindset
• Treat workplace challenges as a chance to better yourself
• Challenge yourself to do something beyond what is expected
Get tips on bouncing back after every obstacle
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company