You might have not heard about this name - Alexey Maresyev -, but once you know his lifestory and self-confidence, you will say "Yeah, He is a REAL MAN".
Alexey was born in Kamyshin in 1916, began his flights as a fighter pilot in 1941. He shot down two German Aircrafts, though he was caught by Nazi Germany. Later escaping from the Prussians he crawled back to a Soviet village. Due to heavy injury 'both his legs' had to be amputated below his knees. All his friends thought his career as a pilot had become to end. But there comes the twist in his life.... Being more confident and using the help from friends he practiced to walk, run and even dance with his prosthetic wooden legs. Returning back to flying in 1943, he started his count with three German 'FW-190'-the most trusted German Flights. In total he completed 86 combat flights and downed 11 war planes.
Later he was awarded with the Order of Lenin, Order of October Revolution, Order of Red Star and the highest military declaration of USSR-"Hero of the Soviet Union".
Yes, it is cent percent correct to call him as a REAL MAN, as by the great Soviet writer Boris Polevoy.
A Real Man is the one who never fears about the past failures and future troubles. He lives the present with the effort as much as he can give. Of course I too want to be a Real Man.
Choosing role model is the one helping to get improved both in thoughts and actions. I've chosen Alexey as mine after reading his confident nature.
"I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down"
-Allen H. Neuharth