Heera Training and Management Consultancy

eNewsletter December 2010

Dear Everyone,

Hi! And how are you all? November has been a great month for sports. I must admit I have been a potato couch all month watching the Asian Games, the Barclays Masters tennis tournament and of course the English premier league. It was great to see Federer winning again against his old nemesis, Nadal in the final of the Barclay’s tennis tournament. However, the one football game that I did not enjoy watching at all was when Arsenal lost to Spurs although leading 2-0 at halftime. It was lucky that I had no training the day after, as I would have been in a foul mood!!

By the way, my website has been revamped and given a 'fresh' look. Please do go to it at www.heera.com.my. I would most certainly appreciate any feedback.

Rosdi Osman

This month’s newsletter is a story I often use during my motivational presentations. It is a story of grit and perseverance. It is the story of Rosdi Osman, a simple mechanic in the town of Kota Bahru in Kelantan. What is amazing about him is that he is a paraplegic and has to move around in a wheelchair. Rosdi was involved in an accident about 14 years ago whilst working as a mechanic for a bus company. He was under a bus adjusting the jack when the bus slipped and fell on top of him. As a result, he had to spend almost six months in hospital. As he recalled “It was painful, but not as painful as when the doctor told me that I was paralyzed and would never be able to walk again.” Initially, he repaired bicycles and motor bikes in his neighborhood. Later on, neighbors even brought cars for him to repair. When the response became overwhelming, he decided to open up his own business. Today, he is the proud owner of a successful mechanic workshop and as he says “business is good”.

What is even more amazing about him is that he also represents Kelantan in tennis in the annual paraplegic games in Malaysia and runs motivational workshops for teenagers in his neighborhood. Rosdi Osman is an incredible human being. He has all the reasons to be bitter and resentful for what took place in his life and yet it is the other way around: he is thankful for what he has and quietly goes about living a very fulfilling life. He may not have legs but he definitely has many things that we can only dream of i.e. strength of character and self motivation. He is truly an inspiration to anyone who needs to gain perspective on their current life situation.

Some lessons we can learn from Rosdi Osman are as follows:

  1. Life is never fair. Learn to accept this and get on with life rather than moaning and groaning about all our shortcomings.
  2. It is not what you have that is important; it is how you use what you have that is even more important. We all have our ‘disabilities’ but what we can all do is to focus and reinforce our strengths.
  3. Forget the past, the future is more important. Many people go through life re-living the past and having regrets rather than focusing on the future. Imagine what would happen if you are driving on a highway and you look backwards instead of forwards.
  4. Success is not measured by how much money you have, your house or your car. It is about being able to achieve your full potential in life. Based on that criteria, Rosdi Osman is most certainly a very successful person.

    Thank you very much for spending your time reading this newsletter. I do hope you have found it fruitful and inspiring. Have a great, great month ahead.