By :Basit Ali
It is the story of an army sergeant belonging to Hungry, named Karoly Takcas. He was remarkable pistol shooter. He was denied taking part in a shooting contest held in Budpest (his native city) because it was a competition among commissioned officer and he was sergeant. Karoly did not loss heart and focussed on upcoming Olympic championship that was going to be held after three years in 1940, in Tokyo. He did hard work to make his hand, world best hand. Unfortunately, a tragic incident took place in his life, when he lost his best hand, during a military exercise, a faulty grenade exploded in his right hand. It was very big and unbearable loss for him.
During his treatment for one month, he was thinking that; “he lost everything, his passion of becoming world best shooting athlete turned into pessimism.” Now he had two ways, either he would lament for his loss and consider this incident as a will of Allah almighty or look for alternative way to get his ambition.
Unlike ordinary persons he opted the second option. He did not make grief over whatever he lost and didn’t lose his hope so early. But like a successful man he brought into use, whatever he had. He started secret practice with his left hand. The Olympic games of 1940s postponed due to second world war and now his hope and focus were on next Olympic games, which were scheduled in 1944. The war didn’t finish and 1944’s Olympic games were also cancelled. Now he was waiting for next Olympic games that were scheduled in 1948, in London. In these four years he continuously kept on exercising. His ambition was to set a record in this world that, “everything is possible despite of you lost everything.”
After four years in 1948, he joined Olympic games, in London. The Argentinian player, who was champion of that time met him and condoled over his lost dream. He admired him for being there, in the ceremony to encourage his fellow players, but he [Argentinian player] was astonished, when he came to know that Karoly had come there to participate in the contest as a player. His fellow players applauded his struggle and courage toward his goal. He remained best in overall series and won the championship. He became third disable Olympic athlete and first champion. He also took part in next Olympic championship in 1952, in Heilski and won as well. He reigned as champion over the world for eight years. Karoly lost this status in 1956 Olympics, when he could not persist his wonderful performance due to age factor. Meanwhile Karoly won several national medals. After 1956 he started to coach other rookie players. One of his students also became global champion. He retired from army as Lieutenant Colonel.
Karoly was a new trend setter, who proved that anyone could get his dream true, if he has focused goal, persistent struggle and unfear less toward failure. We give up so early and lose hope, thinking that; this position was not written in my fate account. We used to accuse external factors that hampers our progress toward the ambition. Unlike extraordinary and successful people, who does not believe in fate, they think that they can make and remake imminent. They can trace their success track despite of social, natural, and economical hurdles.