True story. Once there was a skinny, awkward kid from New Jersey named Eugene Orowitz. He was painfully shy and very self-conscious. Although Eugene greatly lacked self-confidence, when a high school coach half-jokingly asked him to try out for the track team, Eugene took him up on it.
“Ugy,” as his friends affectionately called him, fell in love with javelin throwing and commited himself to being the best that he could possibly be. What Ugy lacked in self-confidence, he made up for in commitment.
By the time he graduated high school, Eugene had achieved a national High School record (for throwing the javelin 211 yards). His commitment to being the best also bought him a college track scholarship in sunny California!
A torn shoulder muscle ended his javelin-throwing career and any hope of making the Olympic team. However, while watching a play, Ugy fell in love with acting. So, again, he commited himself to being the best he could be. He was determined to make it in the ridiculously over-crowded acting field, so he enrolled in acting class.
Eugene Orowitz, better known as Michael Landon, went on to star in three of the most popular shows in television history: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven.
*Information from Speaker’s Sourcebook II by Glen Van Ekeren