Wednesday, 12 October 2011

*As Tall as You Want to Be by Denis Waitley*

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    When he was two years old, this adopted child of two college professors
    suddenly and inexplicably stopped growing, and his health started to fail. A
    team of doctors gave him six months to live after they diagnosed him as
    suffering from a rare disease that inhibits digestion and nutrients in food.
    Intravenous feedings of vitamins and supplements allowed him to regain his
    strength, but his growth was permanently stunted.

    Confined to hospitals for long periods of time, until the age of nine, he
    quietly plotted his revenge on the kids who taunted him and called him
    “peanut.” He recalled many years later that subconsciously “the whole
    experience made me want to succeed at something athletic.” Sometimes his
    sister, Susan, went ice skating at the local rink, and he would go along to
    watch. There he stood, a frail, undergrown kid, with a feeding tube inserted
    through his nose and down into his stomach. When he wasn’t using it, one end
    of the tube was taped behind his ear.

    One day, as he watched his sister whirl around the ice, he turned to his
    parents and said, “You know, I think I’d like to try ice skating.” Talk
    about two adults, looking at their life-threatened child, with glances that
    were beyond belief!

    Well, he tried it and he loved it, and he went at it with a passion. Here
    was something fun at which he could excel, where height and weight weren’t
    important. During his medical checkup the following year, the doctors were
    startled to discover that he had actually started growing again. It was too
    late for him to reach normal size, but neither he nor his family cared. He
    was recovering and succeeding. He believed in his dream, although he had
    little else to hang on to.

    None of the kids taunt him and tease him today. Instead, they all cheer and
    rush to get his autograph. He has just completed another dazzling
    performance on the world professional ice skating tour, with a long string
    of triple jumps, complicated maneuvers, and athletic moves, capped off with
    a racing front flip that brought him to a sudden stop inches from the
    audience. Although he has retired from professional skating, he remains a
    coach, mentor and commentator revered by everyone in winter sports.

    At five feet three inches and 115 pounds of pure muscle and electrifying
    energy, former Olympic gold medal figure skating champion Scott Hamilton
    stands as tall and as proud as any winner*. Scott’s size didn’t limit his
    faith and reach. Don’t let doubts and critics limit yours*. This doesn’t
    mean that you’ll close almost every sale or get promoted in record time.
    Scott Hamilton certainly didn’t hit every triple-axel jump he ever
    attempted, especially during the initial learning phase. *Success in
    developing any skill requires a basic trust in your ability that should
    never be allowed to waver.*

    *You can stand tall, no matter how small!*


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