Ibrahim Hamato shows you that nothing is impossible

This made the news round a couple of years ago but for those that didn’t see it, it’s absolutely worth a view. Ibrahim lost his arms as a ten year-old but loved the sport of table tennis… and didn’t let that stop him.

It’s truly remarkable what happens when you put your heart and soul into something. I personally think this is more than just hard work – this guy’s got some serious talent.


Why Motivation posts will become a recurring Smashscore theme

I’m a huge fan of motivational media and people. I get really stirred up by a motivational video, a really good speech, and a really good song. I’m not sure why I get this way but it works like a charm. Here’s an earlier post I wrote after Stan Wawrinka, a professional tennis player I love watching, won his first Australian – first Grand Slam title – of his career. He did it after losing consecutively to a couple of arch-enemies that had his number prior to (0-14 versus Djokovic, 0-12 versus Nadal). Read that post here:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

In some ways it reminds me to push past my perceivable limits. Most of all – and this is the most important for me – it reminds me to pay it forward. Helping someone when they’re down. Encouraging them when they need a lift. Finding positive things to say instead of the negative.

Negative thinking can crush a thought but positive thinking can inspire a thousand souls. Here’s a post I read that neatly collects a bunch of motivational feeds. Whatever you’re doing in your life, I’m sure you can use it to help get you back on track:

Motivational Video Collection

Some of you may be thinking how next-gen Smashscore leagues have anything to do with this post 🙂 From a technical level, little. But from how it has impacted how I see things, everything.

The first league we ever ran was a pretty cool experience. We saw a bunch of strangers come together and by the end of the season, friends, roommates, and players were working with each other to improve their game. From a technical level, equipment support, or just overall encouragement, people were motivating each other just to get a little better. In the end, their craft improved all because people took the time to motivate.

So that’s all it was: a positive, cool vibe that became a small by-product of an indie league. Although this seems bigger than it really was, sometimes the starting rhythm of a butterfly’s wings can be the beginning beat that eventually moves mountains…

From here on in you can expect motivation to be a recurring theme of what we do. This isn’t a one-and-done type post. If anything, we hope a little push for our readers will inspire bigger and better things. Whether it’s possible or not remains unknown but the very thought that there’s even a small, remote chance it could help is enough for us to keep-er going.

And so it begins… flap, flap, flap.


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

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.

Road to Success

Wawrinka had a goal: he worked harder and trained harder. As a permanent reminder, he tattooed Sam Beckett’s infamous quote on his forearm:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. 
– Samuel Beckett


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.