“I have brought home TWO gold and I am ready for the next – a good final high school result, and a rest.”Ntando Mahlangu
We all find ourselves in different circumstances throughout our lives. Whether these circumstances are as a result of our own actions or not, permanent or not, there are very few factors that we have control over. However, what we can control is how we react to these circumstances. Especially those outside of our control. This, has the ability to make or break you. The choice is yours. Successful individuals know how to master this. What most would’ve considered a weakness or limitation, 19 year old Ntando Mahlangu managed to (literally) take in his stride and turn into his strength. His ultimate reward? Winning TWO gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: The men’s 200m T61 sprint in 23.59 sec. and his 7.17m T63 golden leap for mankind.
Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Ntando’s success journey:
1. Anything is possible.
“When we are free to move, anything is possible.”
No matter how impossible or big your obstacle might seem, you are able to make your dream a reality. Identify the biggest obstacle standing between you and your dream and change it. Be proactive in stead of reactive.
2. You have the power to change your destiny.
“I was trapped in a wheelchair for a decade, now I’m a gold medal winning Paralympic sprinter.”
Your current situation doesn’t have to be your final destination. You have the power to change it and use it to your advantage. Don’t be a victim of it.
“It is time for my personal shout-outs and #appreciationposts to the technical team having my back.”
Staying humble and coachable, especially after reaching success, are two characteristics that will keep you on the path of success. Most successful individuals fail as soon as they develop ego’s, don’t acknowledge the team behind them or think they know it all. Don’t fall into this trap.
“It is not about a race, it is about the human race. It is about creating a #legacy.”
What you do today has the potential to echo into eternity. What is your legacy? What motivates you? Align your vision and actions to it. Learn more about Ntando’s involvement in the local charity Jumping Kids in this BBC World Service video.
“I’ve learned to run and be myself.”
In order to make your dream a reality, you need to become the best version of yourself that will attract the success you deserve. You have a unique journey and purpose and although it might seem difficult to not conform to the norm, it’s not until you commit to your authentic journey that you’ll reach success.
Congratulations Ntando aka Blades on your amazing achievements and thank you for inspiring not only athletes, but people from all walks of life and all around the world. We are excited for your bright future!