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Turn Your Greatest Weakness Into your Greatest Strength

@jeremymcgilvrey ” His Greatest Weakness Was Actually His Greatest Strength”

I want to tell you a story. It’s a story about turning your greatest weakness, into your greatest strength.

A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo – despite the fact he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began taking lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why – after three months of training – the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged. The boy skillfully used his ONE move, to win the match.

Still, amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For awhile, the boy appeared to be out-matched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. The ref was about to stop the match – when the sensei intervened. “No!” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: He dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match, and the tournament.


The boy was the champion. On the way home, he and the sensei reviewed every move in each match. Then, the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” “You won for two reasons,” the sensei replied, “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move – is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s greatest weakness – was actually his greatest strength.


1 thought on “Turn Your Greatest Weakness Into your Greatest Strength”

  1. Oh this story is wonderful. Right from the first couple of lines, I wanted to get to the end. But I was patient. I knew it would be worth it to wait. And I was not disappointed.

    Some people may find my animated “out-loud” nature to be off-putting. I may have wondered once or twice if maybe it was. Then I decided to become a Reminiscence Coach for people with dementia.

    It works like a charm…literally. And it’s where I was always supposed to use my talents. My one move which is being myself helps lots of people today, and I’m thankful that I stayed the course, and paid heed to the voice [my Inner-Jensei] within!


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