Comeback Stories 0 38

A story about comebacks - greataholic

Once upon a time the unexpected happened. The year was 2007, the occasion was the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup and the story went as follows.

Proud of a stellar victory run, the earthly gods of rugby – the All Blacks – faced a nation who on paper would be a delicious prey. Although they had caused them trouble before, this time was different.

They had visualised this game, prepared for it and done everything one does for such a confrontation. Yet. France won.

But instead of resigning like most expected, Coach Graham Henry did the one thing that separates those who comeback from setbacks from those who don’t; something I will tell you after this other story about the unexpected.

This time around, the occasion was the World Athletics Championship semifinals and the hero was a young Masai (Kenyan) runner called David Rudisha. For the most part of his race, Dave made his people proud.

He kept with the front of the pack, cut through the few obtacles…

And sprinted his way to the finish line in 2nd position, second… still second… until a body part came out of nowhere to cross the line before him. David lost the second place and his spot in a final that had his name written all over it.

Sometimes, the unexpected happens to good people.

Like David you may have been a bright and promising star, or the living god of your field like the All blacks. Whether one or the other, setbacks sting the same.

I’d love to tell you that the first thing coach Graham and David did was to “get back up” or “wipe their tears”, but it wasn’t. Rather, they did something you and I would do: They simply let the pain sink, until it could sink no more.

The main difference between those who comeback from setbacks and those who don’t is that the former agree that tears have an expiration date.

Tears only work for a while.

After the sorrow, David decided to review his races. It turned out he had been running wrong, always hidden among the other runners only to attempt a sprint towards the end. It took losing his most important race for him to realise that.

The New Zealand team had not prepared mentally as much as they did tactically and it took losing to realise that. After learning from their mistakes and applying the changes that were needed, a hungry David Rudisha went on to beat the World 800m record, which he holds till this day. And 4 years after their humiliating defeat, the mighty All Blacks went on to set the records straight as to who was the true Rugby world champion.

It all began with

  • Accepting defeat for what it is – an opportunity to improve.
  • Reviewing where they went wrong.
  • Making a clear, measurable list of what needed to change.
  • Committing to that change until a new result was obtained.

I bet you already knew this. But sometimes it takes a friend to say the obvious when you need it most for something to happen.

You are not a failure.

I’m still waving your flag.

– Pat.

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The First Strokes On Your Canvas 0 31

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There’s nothing expected about the first strokes on a canvas.

At first they seem not to make sense. A random line, a circle here, a dot there. But as the artist moves on, it becomes evident how indispensable they were.

The same goes for the first lines on a tapestry. They rarely bear all the colours, but without them, the finishing touches which attract the beholder’s eye would not be.

However shapeless the first steps in following your dream seem to be, remember that they’re just the base lines of your tapestry. Beauty and acclaim will eventually come, but without the steps you’re on right now, they’ll have nothing to be built upon.

Can I invite you to keep going?

I’m waving your flag.

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12 Notable Quotes On Courage 0 34

Notable Quotes on Courage - Greataholic

If you want to speak up, move on, or inspire… courage will be the greatest asset at your disposal.

Although I wish it was bestowed, it is not. To get it, you’ll have to face your greatest enemy: The safe voice within you. You know, the one that tells you “I’m ok here”, “why jinx it?”, “there’s a reason no one else has done it”.

Whatever endeavour you’ve set your mind to, may you find the courage it takes to see it through.

When you reach the crossroad with no signs, or the choice with no wise council, dare to dare. Loose sight of your own shore.

Yes, it’s as risky now as it was before but it is the only way humanity has ever met new frontiers. It is also the only way you will discover yours.

All the best my friend.

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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” –Maya Angelou


“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” –William Faulkner


“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” –Erica Jong


“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” –William G.T. Shedd



“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anaïs Nin


“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


Notable Quotes on Courage - Greataholic



“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” –C. JoyBell


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” –Steve Jobs

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“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” –Marilyn Monroe

Notable Quotes on Courage - Greataholic


“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” –Lao Tzu


“… ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.” –George R. R. Martin

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