An inspirational and life changing story of Karoly Takacs, who served the Hungarian Army as a Sergeant. His aim was to become the best Pistol shooter of the world. In 1938 he was 28 years old when he grabbed number of national and international championships. He was eying towards 1940 Tokyo Olympics to win a gold model but in an unfortunate incident at army training session he lost his right hand, the shooting hand and his best hand in an explosion.
He did training for many years to become the best shooter but he lost his hand. All his focus to achieve his dream was over. He had two paths; either he should cry for the rest of his life or run away and hide himself in bushes or he should continue to focus on his dream, so he decided to stop focusing on what he has lost and he started focusing on what he has, His only hand that is his left hand, one such a hand through which even he can’t write but his dream was much bigger than his problem.
He started training again but now with his only hand that is his left hand. After training for one year he came back and participated in the national champion ship and competed with all the shooters who were participating with their best hand and he was competing with them with his only hand and guess what he won the national champion ship but he didn’t stopped there as his dream was to become the best shooter of the world. He put all his focus on 1940 Olympics once again but due to world war 1940 Olympics were abandoned. He put all his focus on 1944 Olympics but again due to world war 1944 Olympics were abandoned.
He didn’t lose his focus he put all his focus and energy on 1948 Olympics. In 1938 his age was 28 Years and in 1948 he becomes 38 years old and the fact was that it was almost impossible to compete with the younger players but his dream was bigger than all these fears. He went there in the Olympics where best shooters of the world were participating with their best hand and he was competing with his only hand and guess what who won the Gold medal??? Karoly Takacs the man with the only hand but he didn’t stop there. He again participated in 1952 Olympics. He competed again and won the Gold medal again and changed the history once and for all as in this particular competition of pistol shooting no one has ever won the consecutive Gold medals and he was able to achieve this with his only hand and become the best shooter of the world.
Life is not the bed of roses; tough times, difficult situations do come but if we are focused then we can achieve our dreams. Yes all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them like Karoly Takacs did, so never lose the hope; you are never too old to set another dream because if you can dream it then you can do it.
Saad Ahmed Khan
Writer, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Analyst and a Marketer