Monday, May 21, 2007


Kannan Viswagandhi, Basic Author

Last week, I saw the video of Warren McDonald(See his video without leaving this page,thanks to Google). It is an amazing story of will power,courage,Hope which moved me to write about bouncing back in life in this week.
In April 1997, when Climbing to the Islands tallest peak, he met with a terrible accident. He got trapped beneath a one-ton slab of stone in a rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, he got the amputation of both his legs at mid thigh.Just ten months later he displayed the courage, successfully summiting first Cradle Mountain then Federation Peak, Australia’s toughest mountain summit! In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan.
Another Great man in the past history did a remarkable come back and reached the highest office in united states. He is none other than Abraham Lincoln. See the chronology of events in his life:

Failed in business at age 31
Was defeated in a legislative race at age 32
Failed again in business at age 34
Overcome death of sweetheart at age 35
Had a nervous breakdown at age 36
Lost an election at age 38
Lost a congressional race at age 43
Lost a congressional race at age 46
Lost a congressional race at age 48
Lost a Senatorial race at age 55
Failed to become Vice President at age 56
Lost a Senatorial race at age 58
Was elected President of the United States at age 60

Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul went bankrupt in 1990,had debt of 900 millions us dollar.
He had hope, kept his cool, fought back within five years. He told in one of his interviews, Guinness considered his comeback as one of the greatest financial comebacks for an individual.
One of the greatest comebacks for a nation is Japan. Read below the effects of bombing in Japan:
A more accurate survey combining body counts, unresolved missing-person reports and interviews conducted by neighborhood associations during the years following the bombing suggests that as many as 130,000 people lost their lives as a direct result of the bomb up to the beginning of November 1945.A similar survey by the Nagasaki officials set the final death toll for that city at 60,000 to 70,000. By the time the bombing stopped and the smoke cleared, Japan’s total economic losses from World War II amounted to the equivalent of about one year’s national output.
Here is the proof for the remarkable story of Japan’s comeback:
The Japanese economy is the second largest market economy in the world. In 1998 it recorded a gross domestic product (GDP) of 481 trillion yen (US $3.67 trillion).Per capita national income in 1997 was US $28,361, ranking Japan fourth in the world.
My first hand experience:
I entered U.S in 2000 when the market was so dull, very few jobs. No one was ready to hire people as the uncertainty over the presidential election. I was in bench for three months. One fine morning, I was one of the candidates to go back to India. I told my employer to give me some more time, but in vain. I told all my family problems and why should stay in U.S for some more time. I got sponsorship from another employer in Chicago. I boarded greyhound bus to chocago,traveled for 23 hours without knowing what was in there for me in Chicago. I got training in a new data warehousing tool, I got the job within ten days of arrival in Chicago.Now,six years are over, I can clear a job interview at the first phone call if the job requirement matches my resume.
The moral of all these stories are, when you are in crisis, don’t ever lose your hope. Failure is just a stepping stone to success. Be patient, focus on your goal, take consistent action, you can pass the bad period and achieve a remarkable success as “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.
All the Best
Bouncing Back Quotes:

“Our greatest glory lies in not never falling, but in rising every time we fall’

"If winter comes can spring be far behind?"

“Never,never,never,Quit” – Winston Churchill

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”-Dale Carnegie

The most trying fools are the bright ones.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to over up failure, learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.
H. Stanley Judd

Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
Thomas S. Monson (1927 - )

The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands during the moments of comfort but where he stands at the times of challenge and controversy - Martin Luther King Jr

Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall – Confucius

Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself.
Chin-Ning Chu

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis'. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger-but recognize the opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

In a time of crisis we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible.
Stuart Wilde

I started recommending the books which will help you in your journey of personal excellence. My recommendation this week: Made in Japan by Akio Marita.I started reading, completed three chapters. I will write about this later.

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