Preparing for Success

Parry O’Brien was an Olympic shot-put star. One night when he was still in high school, his father was awakened at 3.00 a.m. by a series of strange thuds outside. It was a week before his son’s annual school sports. He went to the window to see what was wrong. There, under the street light, was his son heaving the shot. ‘What on earth are you doing?’ he shouted. Parry replied, ‘I got an idea about how to throw the shot better and I couldn’t wait until morning to try it out.’

Long hours at practice help one to master the techniques of a skill. This practice gives tremendous experience. Through practice, talents are developed, the intricacies of an art mastered, and the individual is on the way to success.

Quote: “The will to win is not worth a nickel unless you have the will to practice” – Dallas Green


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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