Nadal, at university: “When things are going well, you don’t have to believe that you are Superman”
Rafa Nadal attended this Monday at the start of academic year 2022-23 at the University of Sports Alfonso X Rafa Nadal, a unique university proposal, which will combine the work model of the Spanish tennis player, recognizable by its values and its sporting and academic methodology.
During the act, Nadal shared a conversation with many students, who were responsible for giving them some of the guidelines for their work and success. “To succeed professionally, a daily effort is necessary”, assured Rafa. “I don’t understand achieving success without a big effort behind it. This basic principle is what I have tried to do throughout my sporting career: getting up every morning with the illusion of progressing and learning. The key is not to stop having the motivation to be better”.
The Spanish tennis player, winner of 22 Grand Slam tournaments, stressed the importance of teamwork. “To learn, you have to have the support of colleagues, professionals, surround yourself with the best possible team. If you surround yourself with the right people and have the determination to want to make an effort every day to achieve your goals, your goals are easier. reach.”
To learn, you have to rely on peers, professionals, surround yourself with the best possible team.
The tennis player who now in training with Calos Moy, he also stressed the importance of physical care and physiotherapy. “For professional athletes, having a good medical team behind you is paramount,” Nadal said. “In the end, you live every day with injuries, pushing your body to the limit and without having the right people by your side to help you in recovery, prevention or preparation, impossible to move forward. I had my physio since 2006, it’s my shadow. For 15 years, he has been the person who has spent the most hours with me, it is an important part of my life.”
Tennis is a sport for losers, we lose every week. Every week we compete, only one ends up winning the tournament, everyone else loses
Regarding the management of successes and difficulties, Nadal assured that “you have to deal with successes and defeats naturally. It’s easy to say, but sometimes it’s hard to handle. Tennis is a losing sport, we lose every week. ends up winning the tournament, everyone else loses. This is managed naturally, defeat and success are part of everyday life in general. How we treat these two states is personal.”
For this reason, Nadal points out that “For me, defeat is never so dramatic and victory is never so incredible. You must maintain a steady state of mind. When things are going well, you don’t have to believe you’re Superman, and when things are going badly, you don’t have to believe you’re the worst in the world. Everything has a reason and its processes.
Nadal commented with the University students that “for me it’s easier to learn with wins than with losses because I’ve had the ability to be critical of myself, that’s to say to have the humility to know that I won but to know that I did wrong or I have to improve in this area”.
For me, it is easier to learn with victories than with defeats because I had the ability to be critical of myself
Finally, the Spanish tennis player explained that “when you feel passion for what you do, it’s not such a big sacrifice. I did what I loved and what I was passionate about. You have to find your passions and those efforts to achieve your Goals”.
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