Written by James Okere

Champions are made. Champions work hard to succeed in life. To become a champion is not a day’s work. It is not an hour work. Champions are celebrated. They are celebrated because they have conquered their world. Champions are appreciated because they have developed their potentials and realize their destiny.

The book, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do” written by Robert Schuller is a good book to encourage one to continue to strive towards success. Champions face challenges and trials. They also face difficult situations, but they remain undaunted to the course they have chosen. To them difficulties are steps to think deep and become creative to know what to do next as to advance humanity and society.

Champions persevere in any task, and that is why they are champions. It took Noah Webster 36 years to author the Webster Dictionary. Noah Webster a champion is remembered for this great work.

Challenges have the traits of growing and developing one towards greatness in life. This is possible, if those challenged would understand same and create positive values out of such difficult situations.

Edmund Hilary who became the first person to climb Mount Everest, attempted to climb this highest mountain of 29,000 feet then known to humans, but he failed and said “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I will beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow, but I’m still growing”. With greater determination in spite of his initial challenges, one year later, Edmund Hillary succeeded in becoming the first man to climb the Mount Everest.

In any challenge lies the power for one to develop himself. This self development or discovery takes one to greater heights. Thus, champions thrive under trials and failures.

Champions are those who have faced trials in their quest to realize their destiny towards becoming successful and living a life of impact.

If Mr. Ulysses Grant did not look beyond his initial failures and challenges he would not have become a champion of great note. Mr. Ulysses Grant failed as a farmer, a Real Estate agent, a U.S. Custom official and a store clerk, yet he became the 18th President of the United States of America in 1868.

The above, illustrates further that in the mix of great challenges any person desirous of becoming a champion must demonstrates power of vision, determination, perseverance, courage etc.

It is at the period of difficult or challenging situations that one develop great abilities. These abilities include talents, gifts and skills which lead to great accomplishments in life.

In spite of his challenges and trials, the author of the book ‘The Days of the Jackal” which has been translated into major international languages and produced as a bestselling, award winning film, sent the book’s original manuscript to about fifteen publishers and they all rejected it and said it would never sell. So he was rejected and despite the rejection, the author refused to be discouraged. He vowed never to give up. So he persevered and kept knocking on the doors of publishers until one publisher accepted it and the book later made him a millionaire and a prominent author in the world.

William Wilberforce out of the challenging situations veered to a course to end slavery. As a Christian he entered into the British Parliament at 21 years after a Cambridge education. Wilberforce developed love and concern for others and subsequently set his affection upon a course that would affect the destinies of millions of people all over the world. He initiated and championed the formation of a law to abolish slave trade. The project he set for himself, was a challenging one.

The assignment was a big battle leading to his ailing friend John Wesley; who from his deathbed called for paper and pen and out of his trembling hand wrote and advised Wilberforce thus: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and of devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? O be not weary in well-doing. Go on, in the name of God and in His mighty power, till even slavery in America shall vanish away before it”. For 46 years he fought this battle and won. The whole world was made a better place and the entire society and man was given a better code conduct as a result of his campaign and victory, which came out of various challenges.

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