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What distinguishes a world beating champion from many. many others? Ask Abhinav Bindra who said for him the keys for success were: Attitude, Motivation and Focus. Bindra, India’s ace marksman became only the first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an individual event in the history of the Olympics. He won the Gold Medal for the 10 metres Air Rifle shooting at the Beijing Oympics earlier this year.

He said that he always set high standards and wanted to be the best, not just in India but in the world. Bindra emphasised the importance of self-motivation.

He has been a source of inspiration for thousands of young Indians. The very fact that he has won an individual Gold has shown the country what can be achieved if one has the talent and is willing to work hard with a focused mind. The manner in which the Gold also speaks of his cool nature . He conducted himself with exemplary poise to beat the reigning Olympics champion, Zhu Qinan of China.

Bindra has written a book- to be published soon- called “Ways of the Rifle” along with his coaches Gabriele Buhlmann and Heinz Renkleimier. This is to serve as a guide to many youngsters who may wish to take to the sport of rfle shooting.

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This is Post No: 351 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.