Sunday, August 19, 2012

Roger Federer & His Secret of Success.

One of my friends mentioned to me: Life is tough, why is  that others have been able to achieve so much as compared to her.  She debated with me on how luck is a strong factor in deciding who gets all the fame. How she has tried hard and now given up on her goals because of the setbacks she received in the process?

While debating with her, my mind went back to US Open 2009 where Roger Federer was a set up and 5-4 in the second set and still ended up losing the match. That was still alright but come 2011, he lost the French Open Final once again to his friend/rival Rafael Nadal. To add misery to his year, he lost the QF of his favorite GS -Wimbledon after being 2 sets up. Then came all the talks about his being turning 30 and how his era seems to be on the decline. If this was not enough, he had a shocking and humiliating defeat by the hands of the player of the year-Novak Djokovic at US Open (after having 2 Match points in his bag)

What can be more disappointing than the feeling that one day-you are the indisputable king of the world and the other day, you have been failed by your own standards and the entire world doubting your abilities! You are bound to give up in life—won’t you?

But then that’s not who Roger Federer is. He didn’t give up or grieve about his loss, took a break of 6 weeks and came back stronger than ever: Wimbledon, World No. 1, Olympic Silver Medal and now Cincinnati Open. No one predicted this kind of comeback from this champion after his loss in Australian Open and French Open this year. While everyone was writing off his chances, he was busy preparing himself for his goals in life.

The Reason for his success:  He Never Ever Gave Up.

He is an experienced person who knows what he is capable of and what he can achieve.  Even during those tough moments, he didn’t stop believing in himself .  It’s very easy for all of us in life to blame our failures on destiny and not work hard enough to find out where the real problem lies.

In Federer’s own words: I went through some tough moments as well where I was frustrated and I didn't like it as much.  But, I don't know.  I always stay positive.  I'm a very positive person”

During the 6 week break after US Open 2011, Mirka (his wife) told him:It’s O.K. to lose one or two matches very closely, but you can’t start losing more and more and more. Then maybe something’s wrong in your corner. So you just have to question yourself and check with the entire team, see what everybody thinks.’ 

Isn’t this true for all of us too that something might be wrong in our corner. If we haven’t been able to achieve our goals, then there is something still to be improved upon by ourselves. So next time, when you think of quitting, remember that quitting for sure will not make you reach the goals but trying hard enough in a smart way can definitely help you inch closer toward the goal post. 

Life is all about preparing, competing, dealing with tough situations and seeing how you are doing. You never know what can happen and that’s what makes it so thrilling. So always have faith, never ever give up and go for your goals.

"There maybe tough moments maybe for, you know, an hour or a couple of days potentially, but life goes on and you get a second chance. Everyday push yourself and strive for trying to be better than the day you were before because everything else won't do your job. Being manage to able to do all those things can create really extra ordinary things that you thought was never possible" - Roger Federer

And that’s why he has achieved so much. So why can’t you?

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  1. excellent piece about faith and determination

  2. Very inspirational

  3. Life is the best scho
    Lwhich will teach you best lessoolns of ur life. Only u need is attitude to learn.

  4. Well, that's mainly because Roger is so passionate about tennis and knows how good he is and can be, but what if you absolutely hate what you do, I'm asking this because I also love tennis and It's not my fault that my parents or whoever haven't invested in me from back when I was a kid to become a tennis player even though I showed early signs of athleticism and tenacity. It's not my fault that I could not be able to practice any sport to develop my potential and realize I like tennis from an age where I could think about becoming a professional. It's not my fault that I've been born in a system that ruins your chances of realizing what you are really good at, choosing that profession and then really investing all your energy and time for improving, but that's because you like what you are doing, and therefore can keep pushing yourself knowing you are chosen for what you do like Roger is. So, what you have said is applicable for Roger, but because he is enjoying every bit of what he is doing, otherwise it's impossible, so life isn't that easy for us common mortals because while Fed knows that with each tough loss, the next great win he will get all the praise and acknowledgment that one can get and will shine like a star, while us no one will ever notice a darn difference, so it's actually not that easy

    1. I can empathize with what you have said. I totally understand your frustration having felt a bit of it myself...but i think I disagree with you on a couple of points:

      First, I think that even if someone loves what he does, it is not easy for him to achieve whatever he wants: It is difficult for that person too as he also has to put in the same amount of hard work as others, he also has to face disappointments as others, he also has to fight with himself to improve on himself, he also has to find a way to get over tough days. So it's not that easy! Take for example Andy Roddick.

      Second: If one hates his work..then one option can be to sit and think about what if scenarios or think about the past. Another is to take control of your life and find out ways to do what you love. It's going to be hard at first but then who said life is easy? If you were not able to play tennis at young age, you can ask yourself what is that you love the most now and how can you do something which you love. McDonalds was found by his owner at the age of 50+. So keep on trying new things and new avenues.There are lots of people who don't like the job that they do and they remain dissatisfied but few with their belief are able to turnaround their lives because they want to do what they love to do. So believe yourself, find out what you really love to do (if it is tennis, think about how can you make a living out of it now, there are many options), go out there, work out on building your strenghts rather than thinkig about past and what if's. You were a born leader otherwise how can you be confident that you could have become a professional player. So use it your advantage and just prove everyone wrong!

  5. you just have keep trying and you will succeed right, just like roger federer, so many times he wasn't able to win a Grand Slam...poor guy only walked out with a $1,000,000 check instead of $2,000,000 + $40,000,000(40million) per year in endorsements....HOW SAD.....But hey, he didn't give up, he kept on trying day after day, year after year...and finally...SUCCESS.......let me break it down for you cuz apparently you don't know the real reason why so many in this world are unsuccessful...if everybody can get hundreds of thousands if not millions after their "FAILURE"...everyone will succeed....

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  8. Played a tennis match today where I served for the 1st set at 5-1, got broken, served for it again at 5-3, got broken again, and finally won it 6-4. Though I was glad to win it, very frustrated that twice in a row I didn't have the mental toughness to make it happen. Second set I did manage to serve it out and win 6-1, but not happy with my performance still. Got to get mentally stronger, just like Roger, who is my hero!!!

    1. Hey,

      Congratulations for winning the match. It's good to see that just like Roger, you want perfection in the game.

      I was just reading an article on Roger in which it it was written "Federer's career finally went golden when he learned not to panic on the court when he was down or under pressure - and that rather than giving up, he now "hangs in there and hopes for the best whenever things are down"." And Federer attributes his success to this one simple decision.

      Looking at the first set, I can see that you didn't panic and managed to keep your calm in the end. I think that in itself shows good progress, attitude and just what Federer does when he is down. Well done.

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  11. Thanks Apeksha ,
    To describe the secret of success of Roger Federer.
    He is very hardworking guy and he is always fight with himself to improve our himself.Love you Roger Federer.