Story of Abhinav BindraAbhinav Bindra - India’s first ever individual gold medalist. All Indians are proud of him and there are many stories about his long journey to winning the Gold. One which is interesting was in the papers recently and narrated by one of his friends and co- competitors.
Abhinav and his friend were at a shooting competition where Abhinav won the Gold and his friend the Silver. The prize money for the two was Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 respectively. During the ceremony the envelopes got exchanges and Abhinav got the envelope with Rs 3000. After the ceremony, he congratulated his friend and then with a smile asked for his rightful envelope. All know that Abhinav Bindra comes from a well to do family and that the Rs 5000 or 3000 would not really matter in monitory terms to him. But as his friend said, "He valued his achievement and hence he valued those Rs 5000".
The amount was small, but what it signified was important. Abhinav strived hard to get that Gold and he valued his own achievement. In his own quiet way he knew he was a winner and was proud of the fact. Sometimes, it is important to know and appreciate oneself and that becomes the strength we need to excel.
Let’s raise our coffee mug to Abhinav Bindra....and also don't forget to pat yourself on the back for a job you may have done well.