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Earlier this week, I wrote about The Secret of Success in Eight Words, but nothing that this distinction is not necessarily restricted to the world of financial gain. Sport in one arena where the lines can get quite blurry at times, but with the Australian Open wrapping up this past weekend, we saw two prefect examples of players who were heavily driven by ambition and not by greed. As a result, both players were able to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

One of the slogan for Adidas is “Impossible is Nothing”, so it was only fitted that both of these players were sponsored by Adidas as they faced off in the men’s singles final. If you’re a follower of tennis and you look at the path taken by Novak Djokovic (pictured) of Serbia and Jo-wilfried Tsonga of France, you’ll see that no one would have ever expected them to be participating in the Australian Open final against one another. The odds were heavily against them and yet they prevailed. With everyone comparing them to other players, didn’t discourage them, but only motivated them further. They believed in themselves. Sadly to say, but motivation is something most of our Dominican sports men and women don’t have; we are too busy blaming someone or something for their failures.

I know that I can come off sounding very pessimistic sometimes, but that’s because I tend to ground myself in reality as much as possibilities. That said, in order to achieve astronomical success, you have to set the bar high and refuse to give in to the odds, refuse to acknowledge the near-impossible path before you. Look at what Djokovic and Tsonga managed to achieve. They have a lot to be proud of. Without goals and aspirations, all of us would be stuck in stagnation and mediocrity.

Video by RomanSedlak Youtube.

Nothing is impossible. What you need is the drive, determination… and a little luck on your side. Let’s go Dominica…beat Barbados!

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Comment by Dan
2008-01-30 13:58:57

I hope that Dominica prevails over larger and wealthier nations in numerous sports contests. THe article is a fine one, but I wish to add a cautionary note.

Sports are not always a metaphor for life. And, striving in life for more basic things than sports glory is not only more likely to bear fruit, bit also is likely to yield longer-lasting reward than transitory sports glory.

It is especially important that adults help children understand this. I knew a Dominican boy who was doing well in school at age 10, but by age 12 he began to fail for lack of effort, because he believed that he’d become a star in the National Basketball Association and wealthy, and therefore need not apply himself in school. By age 17 he was regretting his decision, but it was already too late; he could not go back to school or get into college.

Young people everywhere, take this older man’s advice: Study, study, study and learn all that you can. You are far more likely to succeed with an education and honest hard work than any other way. Yes, the top sports may make millions, but they are but a handful out of over 6 billion people on earth. In sports it’s all or nothing. But many, many people can enjoy a good life if they prepare well through education.

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