‘If you can find something positive even in despair, nobody can hold you back,’ says Arjuna awardee
Geekonix, the science and technology club of Techno Main Salt Lake, organised EDGE TALKS, a series of interactive talks, with eminent personalities from July 10 to 12.
On July 11, Joydeep Karmakar, shooter and recipient of the Arjuna Award, shared his thoughts on how to pursue one’s passion and also the importance of sports in life.
Here are excerpts from the talk.
Identifying his passion and the turning point in his life:
I took up shooting at a very young age. I got a toy airgun from my uncle when I was only six or seven. But instead of harming animals or birds, I became interested in hitting target poles with that gun.
Sensing my passion for shooting, my parents admitted me to a local shooting club. It opened my eyes to the possibility of turning my passion into a profession. When I was 15, I won the gold medal and set a record in my first national championship.
His role model:
My father, a former national-level swimmer, is a big influence on how I conduct myself. But I don’t believe in having a specific role model and rather prefer to follow my instincts. Of course, there have been many inspiring shooters who I used to follow to improve my skills.
I also take inspiration from the smallest things in life. I was almost a self-taught athlete and didn’t have a coach to make things easier for me. Each day I created a role model for me.
Accessing facilities to practise shooting:
It’s not completely true that shooting is an expensive game. Though a few of the shooting events are on the expensive side, there are a lot of events that are way cheaper than other sports events.
Even the lack of infrastructure is not a glaring problem anymore as many people have come forward to help over the last decade. As in life, here, too, you need to step out of your comfort zone and improvise to attain growth.
What he thinks is his edge:
I think it’s my positive mindset. I try to find positives even in difficult situations. If you can find something positive even in despair, nobody can hold you back.
Given a chance, his advice to his younger self would be:
To do whatever I was doing but maybe with a little more intensity. That’s it. I have no regrets and I am happy with whatever I did when I was a young shooter.
His message for youngsters:
Be honest to yourself. Sports is the biggest reality show in life. There is no retake. You can train hard, correct your mistakes and develop your skills, but it’s the match result that counts at the end.
The biggest takeaway from sports is that there is no next chance. You must be brave and passionate to succeed in any sports. This is true for life as well.
Click this link to see the full session: https://www.facebook.com/Gx.Edg/videos/339070707773234
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