Courage: Turning Tragedies into Success!

A Tear And A Smile

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter.

I would that my life remain a tear and a smile. A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding of life’s secrets and hidden things.

A smile to draw me high to the sons of my kind and to be a symbol of my glorification of the gods. A tear to unite me with those of (a) broken heart; a smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.

I would rather that I died in yearning and longing than that I lived weary and despairing.” (Khalil Gibran, 1883 – 1931)

President John F. Kennedy

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy emerged in 1961 as the youngest person ever elected President of the United States of America. He was exceedingly loved by Americans and well-respected across the world. Born in 1917, John Kennedy, commissioned by the U.S. Navy to the South Pacific region as commander of PT Boat 109 in 1943 was courageous. The Japanese naval destroyer attacked his team, sliced their boat, killing two of his men. Courageously, the remaining eleven members of his team clung to one half of the boat for hours and swam with it for the 5-kilometer distance to their refuge. Reports abound that John Kennedy towed one of his wounded crew members into safety and treatment clenching the strap of the wounded crew’s life jacket to his mouth and teeth. He did everything to save a life.For the following four days, Kennedy swam most of the area around Solomon Islands in search of help and treatment for his wounded and tattered team. He finally got help from local people. The team was rescued and taken back to base. The future President of the United States of America had laid a solid ground in courage and selfless service, he refused to take no for answer..

Kahlil Gibran

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese little boy who emigrated from Lebanon with his mother and siblings into the United States in 1894. Gibran returned to Lebanon in 1897 to gain Arabic education. However, his mother, his sister, and his brother died from an attack of tuberculosis in 1903, the year Gibran returned to the United States. Emboldened to turn his tragic life into meaning, Gibran concentrated on his writings and publications. He emerged a talented writer with the support of kindhearted Bostonians to become the leader of school of Arab American writers, with profound influence on both Arab and non-Arab poets and intellectuals.

People that make impact:

Changes only come from persons who are so courageous about their callings and their assignments to the point they are so mad or obsessed at it. They are the ones that create the circumstances around them, and not the other way round, as many are apt to think. Only courageous people would make an impact, not doubters or the fearful.

A mouse was in constant distress because of its fear of the cat. A magician took pity on it and turned it into a cat. But then it became afraid of the dog. So the magician turned it into a dog. Then it began to fear the panther, so the magician turned it into a panther. Whereupon it was full of fear for the hunter. At this point, the magician gave up. He turned it into a mouse again saying, “Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse.”  (

The failure syndrome is on the mindset of a man without courage. He does not believe in himself , he has doubts he could excel or gain anything of value. Such ones accepted defeated long before they being overwhelmed. Train your mind not to accept defeat, but rather to learn to conquer. Develop a winning spirit, have a courageous heart, and success would be all around you.

The Mindset

Sow deep in your mind thoughts of courage and you would be launched into profitable actions.

Put up a brave action, and the bold personality becomes your habit.

Display daring habit regularly and you have the character of the bold..

Demonstrate some courageous character and your destiny would be set by it.

Recently, powerful gladiators demonstrated their courage to win during the US Tennis Open Championship. Serena Williams had to turn her imminent defeat in the hands of Victoria Azarenka into victory by sheer grit and audacity. Andy Murray did everything in the books to overpower Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title after a long pursuit, and long-held expectation from the crowd, his nationals, and his fans. Success minded people and achievement seekers are not precluded from moments of failure, after all. Anyone trying to meet dreams and goals must surely meet challenges and failures. There is hardly anyone who had attempted to win without a rough ride with failures and difficulties. Winners learn from their losses, get up and move on, without losing focus on the dream to win and to succeed. That is courage.

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