I am going to try

0 Posted by - September 17, 2013 - Radhanath Swami

There is a famous story of a lady from Tennessee in America. Her name was Wilma Rudolph. In her early childhood she had very serious injuries in her leg that was incurable by medicine. The specialist doctors told her that she would never be able to put her foot on the floor for her whole life. But she, though a little child, told her mother, “I want to run on these legs and be the fastest lady on earth.” The doctors said that these were just imaginations of an ignorant child; she was a medically hopeless case.

But little Wilma’s mother told her that one gets one’s abilities from God. “Just persevere, have faith, and do not be discouraged.” In a couple of years Wilma was able to take off the orthopedic foot she was wearing for support. She put her foot on the floor and took her first step. At school she entered into a race, and she lost; she came in the last place, way behind everyone else. People were laughing at her, ridiculing her. “What are you doing in this race?” In every race she ended up coming last, but she had faith that she could do great things with the help of God, if she persevered.

Some years later, in 1960’s, she won three Olympic gold medals and set world records for running. Her self confidence was not based upon her successes or her achievements; her self confidence was based on faith in God and her faith in herself—whether I win or lose doesn’t matter, I’m going to try.

-Radhanath Swami 

  • Ravi Garg

    Wow, what a beautiful story of the young girl….it gives us hope & encouragement to have firm faith in God & his plans……

  • Anil Timbe

    Very inspiring.. thanks for sharing.

  • Arun V Deshmukh

    “Just persevere, have faith, in Lord.”

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    An amazing story of true grit and determination based on faith in the Lord and in herself.

  • Milind M Churi

    Good Story.May success or failure comes in life, but our strong faith in God should not become weak,and one day The Same God will help us the way He finds it is good for us.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and beautiful article :).

  • jayant mahtani

    No matter what situation one is in, if one makes a determined effort with full faith that the Lord will help, then what can not be accomplished.
    With the mercy of the Lord and His devotee, even a blind man can begin to see and a lame person can climb a mountain.
    Thank you Maharaja

  • amit

    Very inspiring story :).

  • Prajakta Timbe

    True wonderful story will help us to develop a firm faith on God.

  • amit

    very inspiring story :).faith in god helps us to achieve the impossible.

  • amit

    Very inspiring story,proves that the faith in God is the ultimate strength or power.

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this :).

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story :).

  • amit

    Very inspiring story for all of us to follow,strength and willpower come from God.

  • Ravi

    Very inspiring story…..

  • Rishikumardas

    Simple and wonderful story stresses Will power and Power of Prayer

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing and inspiring true story! Just goes to show where grit and determination can get you to – unreachable heights!

  • Vikas

    All those who do wonderful things in the world have deep faith in God

  • kuldeep Soni


    A very nice inspiration for spiritual practitioners where we can learn lesson that either it’s success or fail we have to keep trying.

  • sneha

    Very inspiring story. Everything is possible when you put your faith not in your own strength but that of the supreme power. With that faith when we persevere success is bound to come. Thank you Guru Maharaj for this inspiring story

  • Raj Narang

    Its a very inspiring story by Radhanath Swami Maharaj.
    One should develop tremendous faith. And that would be the way to sure success…
    Faith in God and Faith in the self..
    That’s amazing….
    Thanks for sharing..

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice message from HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.