This awesome story was posted into a LinkedIn group I'm a member of.. The story was so good I had to repost it here.
A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo from an old Japanese Judo Master despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. After 3 months of training, the master had taught him only one move. When he asked this, the master says : “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know.”
Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the master took him to a tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match.
The boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee was about to stop the match when the master intervened. “No. Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.
On the way home, they reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask why he could win the tournament with only one move. “You won for two reasons,” the master answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame others for it but we never know that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!