Olympic Winner

I am sure you have heard of Kristen Otto, the Swimmer, the first woman who won six Gold Medals at an Olympics. She was born in Germany in 1966. She won the medals at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. To participate in an Olympics is in itself a great achievement. But to win a gold in each of the events you participate in is something that is unthinkable, especially in a world that is highly competitive. But Kristen Otto Managed it.

Otto says, “I used to swim 8 hours a day as a school student, 10 hours a day as a college girl, 14 hours a day before any competition. I lived in water. I knew I had the stuff right inside of me. I only had to persist, work hard and persevere.’

Energy and persistence conquer all things. If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him; but, at the same time, no one would have remembered him. Remember: ‘It’s the daily grind which gives you the edge.’

Quote: “Let me tell the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Louis Pasteur


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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