Wisdom and Things is a collection of essays from the final decade of Vera Koo's pistol shooting career, documenting her journey from a 12-year-old immigrant who didn't know a word of English to the pinnacle of the action pistol shooting world. They chart the drive and ambition that led Vera to achieve great success, and show the perseverance and determination that helped her survive failures and setbacks. This collection paints an indelible portrait of a person who never gave up, no matter how difficult the challenges.
For readers familiar with Vera's first book, The Most Unlikely Champion, these articles will deepen your understanding of the quiet, behind-the-scenes moments of Vera's life - the motivations that inspired her, the setbacks that nearly broke her. For those who don't know Vera's story, the writing here will provide snapshots of inspiration and advice - how to learn new skills no matter your age; how to handle slights with humility; and how setting small goals can help you achieve big things.
These pieces show that despite thriving in multiple worlds, Vera has always remained true to her values: faith, discipline and kindness. They're values she learned from her parents and her husband, Carlos, and that she's instilled in her three children. It's Vera's hope that readers, new and old alike, will walk away from this collection with the same lessons - that even the worst tragedies don't have to break a person, and that through hard work and belief, anyone can achieve their dreams.
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About the Author
Blake Toppmeyer is a national award-winning sportswriter. He met Vera Koo in 2014 while on assignment at the Bianchi Cup. Blake is the Tennessee Vols football beat writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Part I: Becoming a champion
From dolls to guns - my journey to competitive shooting
A woman in the man's world of competitive shooting
Play to your strengths
How building a varied sports background served me well
Women deserve a chance to learn from women
We must care for our bodies - they're our vehicle through life
Sports teach us values and perspective
The power of women supporting women
Why you should surround yourself with inspiring people
What I learned from my husband's horse
Going out with no regrets
Seize the moment and don't hold back
Why I retired from shooting sports
Part II: Get knocked down? Get up stronger.
Why I pushed through the pain to return to competition
Climbing your personal Mt. Everest
We all need a little help sometimes
Don't miss your "some day"
If you believe you can do something, you usually can
You're never too old to learn
You get more than a degree from college
An old shooter can learn new tricks
How shooting saved my life
Set small goals to achieve big things
Face your fears - usually, they're not so bad
You have the power to create the life you want
Part III: A little religion. A little philosophy. A little introspection.
See the doughnut, not the hole
The importance of a random act of kindness
God teaches us lessons amid life's trials
Embrace your true self and don't hide your tail
Trusting God's plan, even in the hard times
Show love to your friends - even when they don't heed your advice
How Carlos and I strengthened our bond during a pandemic
The power of fate and Yuanfen
The mystery of my birth father
Part IV: Lessons from travel
Allow time for serenity, even during travel
Gaining inspiration through travel
Don't accept that "It is what it is"
Seize the chance for an adventure
Treat your senses when you travel
How the outdoors helped my family reconnect
Welcome the chance to expand your horizons.
Always on the lookout for an adventure
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