For tennis lovers the 2014 Australian finals was a special treat watching Stanislas Wawrinka win his first grand slam. Over the course of 7 years, Stan lost 14 straight times to his nemesis Novak Djokovic and 12 straight losses to his arch-nemesis Rafa Nadal.
Wawrinka had a goal: he worked harder and trained harder. As a permanent reminder, he tattooed Sam Beckett’s infamous quote on his forearm:
Not only did he finally beat Djokovic, he beat Nadal too, winning the 2014 Australian Open Championship. And to prove it wasn’t luck, Wawrinka did it again in the recent 2015 French Open final, beating Djokovic and this time Federer on his way to winning.
Failure is a tough beast. The smell of defeat can sting for a long, long time. But as we all know, perseverance is the key to success. The flash and dash of winning abstracts the hard work and sweat behind the scenes. The long hours of practice. The long road to improvement. If Wawrinka can thwart the odds of two nemeses in a single tourney, that’s motivation enough for anyone to apply it to their own daily challenges.