During the Expert in a Year table tennis challenge there were times when I would get dejected. I would feel like I wasn’t improving as quickly as I needed to be, or I would see someone who wasn’t working as hard as me improve quicker and it would really get to me. I needed something to get me up in the morning and motivate me to do the training.
As corny as it sounds, I started reading inspirational quotes and they really helped. Here are my five favourites.
On being asked why, at the age of 93, he still devoted three hours a day to practising, Pablo Casals said:
“I’m beginning to notice some improvement.”
Is it any wonder that he is considered to be one of the greatest cellists of all time?
“If everybody worked as hard as me, I’d be out of a job.”
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
“I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.”
“Maybe it wasn’t talent the lord gave me. Maybe it was passion”
Practice trumps talent, but putting in thousands of hours is tough. Maybe a passion which leads to you clocking up those hours, is much more important than any innate talent.