Jesse Owens is a world famous athlete. After getting his first Olympic gold medal, he spoke the following lines:
To those of you, who laughed at me, thank you.
Without you, I wouldn’t have cried.
To those of you who couldn’t just love me, thank you.
Without you, I wouldn’t have known real love.
To those of you who hurt my feelings, thank you.
Without you, I wouldn’t have felt them.
To those of you, who left me lonely, thank you.
Without you, I wouldn’t have discovered myself.
But it is to those of you who thought I couldn’t do it;
It is you I thank the most, Because without you, I wouldn’t have tried.
The moment I read this poem, something in me stirred. I could not sleep for a number of nights. I stayed up, thinking about the truth behind the poem, and how I have faced adversity.
When I first wanted to start out on my own, and I was an employee at Satyam, I went to one of the big guys for help. He listened to my ideas, and told me I was not ready. He told me that I should wait for a few more years – how many, he never specified. But I went ahead, despite his advice, and became what I am today.
Whenever I face adversity, I am reminded of this poem. If you read it every day, like me, it will give you the strength you need.