Two Powerful Lessons From A World-champion Para-climber

This post can be read independently, but it’s a good idea to read Mani’s story here too.


Manikandan is a world champion Para-climber with a gold medal and five Silver ones to his name. He discovered his passion for climbing at the age of 15 and has never turned back since. He continues to climb with a passion despite having only one leg to work with.

Here are some things we could learn from Mani:

1. A problem only exists if you think it does

Mani had the passion for climbing. It never occurred to him that having only one leg could be a problem. Interestingly, it wasn’t one because he refused to think that it was. He performed and excelled without even thinking that it could be an issue. Is your problem really a problem? Does it have to be one?

2. Blessings in disguise

Let’s say you still have a challenge to work with. For Mani, India didn’t have many Para-climbing competitions and he had no option but to compete in the regular setup. He couldn’t win much because of this. Interestingly, this prepared him for the world championship in Para-climbing and he came back home with the gold. The challenge turned out to be a blessing in disguise – it made him stronger.

Do you think we missed any big ones? More importantly, what did you take away from this? You can read his story here if you haven’t. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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