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Sporting advice for success in life

- Khera cites dedication of Phelps, Saina

Motivational speaker and author Shiv Khera on Tuesday exhorted students to draw inspiration from Olympic heroes like Michael Phelps and boxing legend Muhammad Ali to achieve success in life.

Citing the example of champion swimmer Phelps who broke Mark Spitz’s record of seven medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he said: “Phelps said he had put in gruelling hard work to make a mark in swimming. He used to practise for eight hours daily. This dedication helped him bag 22 medals.”

Khera, who was in the city to address students of Arcade Business College at SK Memorial Hall, said: “An athlete toils hard for 15 years to deliver his best in 15 seconds of performance at the Olympics. Anyone who wishes to be successful should be disciplined and dedicated.”

He recalled an interesting incident from Phelps’s life. “The swimmer had broken a small bone in his right wrist before participating in the Olympics. Doctors warned Phelps not to practise in the water. But he decided to fight back and told the doctors he would use his legs to train, proving his dedication and grit to triumph against all odds.”

The author also cited the example of ace Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal to drive home his point. “I met her four years ago. I asked her as to why she doesn’t have friends? She said she considered her mother and coach as her best friends. She also said she used to practise eight to nine hours a day. Today, Saina needs no introduction. For being successful, one needs to pay some price. But this is hardly taken into consideration by most who crave success. People only see the achievements of these people, they don’t see the hardship behind it,” he said.

Khera said people should draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali’s life. “He had a positive attitude. Before entering the ring, Ali used to say ‘I am the greatest’. This helped him win gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics. However, positive attitude should be coupled with positive action,” he added.

Abhishek Kumar (22), a student of the college, said: “I loved each and every word Khera said. It was very motivating. He talked about his own struggle. He washed cars and worked as an insurance agent before making it big.”

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