You ever wanted to quit Taekwondo?
It’s easy to decide you can’t do something if it’s difficult at first. You may have lost every sparring match for a year and gotten close to deciding it just wasn’t for you. But perserverance is one of the most important life skills you can learn. Today you’ll be learning about your pre training instructor Master Tim Thackrey got started on his path to coaching Olympians and becoming one of the most renowned trainers in the world.
Like many stories it started with losing. And losing a lot.
Your pre training coach Master Tim Thackrey wasn’t a naturally talented athlete. Master Thackrey lost every fight from 15-17. So he had to deeply study the sport and find what worked for him in a way that a more talented athlete might not have needed to. This study and hard work paid off.
Master Thackrey ended up winning the Pan Am Games for his weight class and getting a bronze at Worlds. He desperately wanted to go to the Olympics but he didn't make it.
He thought to himself that he wished he knew the things he'd learned by the end of his career at the beginning. So he dedicated his life to passing on that knowledge and training athletes to reach the Olympics and achieve their dreams. Now he is one of the most sought after trainers in the world.
So the lesson for this week is don't give up on yourself. Effort and hard work can help you get where you need to go. Talent takes you so far. Hard work gets you the rest of the way.
It also helps to find a coach who believes in you and can teach you the lessons they learned in their life to help you get ahead.
Your homework for this week is to seek out someone you can learn from and ask them to help you learn a skill you've been struggling with. Go to your parents or your martial arts instructor and tell them what you wish to learn. Remember that true victory is only possible after experiencing many defeats. Your instructor Tim Thackrey lost every match from 15-17 and made it to Worlds and got a bronze medal.
Imagine what's possible for you with the right attitude.
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