Lessons to learn from Hima Das, IAAF World Champion 2018 (400m Race Under-20)

As you all know, on 12 July, 2018, Thursday, athlete Hima Das, 18 yr old from Assam, (now known as the Golden Girl) made an incredible history by becoming India’s first ever track and field gold medalist at the IAAF World Championships (Under-20 400 m race event) in Tampere, Finland by clocking 51.46 seconds. The Hindu (external link). She is also the first ever Youth Ambassador for UNICEF India.

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She has not only won IAAF World Championship 2018, but she has also taught us some of the greatest lessons of life.

We congratulate her on this amazing win and thank her for making India proud.

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5 Life Lessons to Learn from an Athlete like Hima Das

1. Your Adversities Don’t Matter, Your Response Does

Hima comes from a very humble beginning and a village 140 km from Guwahati, Assam.

A place where most of the people would be happy just to earn a living but 18-year-old Hima saw a dream and was willing to work for it.

Being the youngest of six children and a daughter of a rice farmer from Dhing village in Nagaon district, could not keep her away from her love for sports.

Hima started off with football. She used to play with boys in the mud pits next to the rice fields of Assam. Seeing her immense passion for sports, she was then advised by a local coach to take up athletics.

Very soon, Hima was spotted by Nipon, an athletics coach with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare, during an inter-district meet.

“She was wearing cheap spikes but she won the gold in the 100 and 200. She ran like the wind. I hadn’t seen such a talent in ages,” her current coach Nipon Das told The Indian Express (external link).

All these adversities couldn’t stop her from achieving what she had dreamt of. It was her sheer hard work and attitude of never giving up that bashed all the adversities.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
~ African Proverb

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2. You Can Rewrite The History

He always says that those who control the present can rewrite the past.
 ~ Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

“There was no separate wing for athletics but the officials were open to Hima being part of the academy after seeing her performances. Assam is not known to produce runners,” Nipon told The Indian Express (external link).

A place where the state academy is specialized in boxing and football, her coach, Nipon, convinced officials to induct her.

She has not only win this race but has also created a path for future athletes who can now write their own incredible stories.

She has become India’s first ever track and field gold medallist at the IAAF World Championships (Under 20) by defeating Romania’s Andrea Milkos (silver) and America’s Taylor Manson (bronze) in 400m race.

She has created a new history with her Golden victory.


3. Think Big And Keep Fighting For It

Not many people know that before winning this Gold, Hima has been proving her mettle in different national and international races. She had been working hard to win this Gold.

  • At the New Delhi Indian GP last May, she finished fifth at the 100m,
  • At the Chennai Indian Open last September, she finished first at the 200m.
  • At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this April, Hima finished sixth at the 400m (51.32 seconds) and seventh at the 4x400m relay.
  • At the Inter-State Championships at Guwahati this June, she clocked 51.13 seconds (even better than her latest performance at Tampere, 51.46s)
  • She got into semi-finals as the fastest qualifier at 52.25s
  • She entered women’s 400m finals after winning semi-finals in 52.10s. The Hindu (External Link)

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No matter how many times you win or lose, constantly fighting for your big dream always gets you there.

Winning this race is just a milestone for Hima. She is celebrating her win but also preparing for her future races.

Her spirit reflects in her words, as she says: “I will try to give my best at the Asian Games. I don’t run after medals, I run after time,” Das told NDTV (external link).

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

~ David J. Schwartz


4. When You Follow Your Dream, The World Follows You

In a very young age of 18 yrs, when it’s quite easy to get carried away by emotions and surroundings, Hima has taught us how following one’s dream can bring the entire world to you.

She believed in her dream and turned it into reality. And now chasing an even bigger dream.

All our life, most of us keep chasing money and fame but end up with almost nothing. Instead, if we follow what we love, what we are passionate about, things will start falling into place.

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Hima did nothing but followed her dream and now PM of India, the entire country, and even the entire world are congratulating her on this golden victory.



Each one of us admires her grit and determination.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

~ Walt Disney


5. Being Humble

Last but the most important.

Many a time, winners get carried away with the success. They forget where they have come from and who have helped them to be what they have become.

It takes a real character and value system to stay humble and express gratitude to whom you owe it.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

~ C.S. Lewis

After winning Gold for the country, Hima expressed her gratitude towards her parents, coaches and the people of the entire country. This shows that she has not forgotten her hardships and the support she has got from others.

“I want to thank my parents and my coaches, who brought me out of Guwahati. I also want to thank the people of India for their blessings,” she told NDTV (external link).

Being humble always helps us to learn more and grow in life.


These 5 lessons if incorporated in life, can bring immense success and fulfillment.

Once again, we congratulate Hima Das, The Golden Girl for her Golden Victory and thank her for teaching us these lessons of life.

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Inspirational Motivational Quotes by Hima Das, The Indian Sportswoman and Athlete

Here are some inspirational quotes on Hima Das taken from her speeches and interviews to inspire you and motivate you in through your journey of life.

I don’t show tension and nervousness, but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.

I am hurt that some people criticise very harshly without even realising the hardships which we go through.

I am not running after gold medals; I am running after time. And once I get that, gold medals will run after me.

My only aim is to clock a time that everyone remembers.

Forget the past, and ask me what’s next.

We are human beings, at the end of the day. Success and failure are a part and parcel of our life.

Even Sachin used to get ducks during his career. There are ups and downs in every athlete’s career.

I haven’t changed, but people’s perception changed.

I believe in time and in God. Nothing else bothers me.

I just know how to run, and that is what I do.

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