In spite of everything

Charlie Boswell has always been one of my heroes. He has inspired me and thousands of others to rise above circumstances and live our true passion.

Charlie was blinded during World War II while rescuing his friend from a tank that was under fire. He was a great athlete before his accident and in a testimony to his talent and determination he decided to try a brand new sport, a sport he never imagined playing even with his eyesight... golf!

Through determination and a deep love for the game he became the National Blind Golf Champion. He won that honour

13 times. One of his heroes was the great golfer Ben Hogan, so it truly was

an honour for Charlie to win the Ben Hogan Award in 1958.

Upon meeting Ben Hogan, Charlie was awestruck and stated that he had one wish and it

was to have one round of golf with the great Ben Hogan. Hogan agreed that playing a round together would be an honour for him as well, as he had heard about all of Charlie’s accomplishments and truly admired his skills.

“Would you like to play for money, Mr Hogan?” blurted out Charlie.

“I can’t play you for money, it wouldn’t be fair!” said Mr Hogan.

“Aw, come on, Mr Hogan — $1,000 per hole!”

“I can’t, what would people think of me, taking advantage of you and your circumstance,” replied the sighted golfer.

“Chicken, Mr Hogan?”

“Okay,” blurted a frustrated Hogan, “but I am going to play my best!”

“I wouldn’t expect anything else,” said the confident Boswell.

“You’re on Mr Boswell, you name the time and

the place!”

A very self-assured Boswell responded, “10 o’clock... tonight!”

Moral of the story

• Winners do it in spite of the problems.

• When we are achieving best results, we forget that it’s because of certain qualities nature has provided us by birth free of cost and we take it as fundamental right, keep asking for more.

• Gratitude is missing

all the time. Can we trade off our eyes, hands or legs or anything with any amount of money or can we even think of surviving without these born free of cost things?

Real winners do it in spite of problems,

and losers look out for problems. — Author Unknown