Three Lessons From A Table-Tennis Olympian

This post can be read independently, but it’s a good idea to read Neha’s story here too.

neha-podiumAt the age of four, Neha already displayed a passion for sports. She found her way to represent India in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She had her share of rollercoaster rides and today she ranks No. 10 All-India and continues to rise in the sport with big dreams. Here’s what you can learn from her:

1. Failure is a choice

After the Olympics, Neha had a difficult time winning championships. She had a way out and different career options to work with. Instead, she chose to brave through the bad times. That decision served her well as she found her way back. She may have lost a few games, but she never failed. We all lose, but how you work with that is your choice.

2. When times are tough, get help

Neha’s success is also a reflection of the effort of her coaches. She was initially trained by Sandeep Gupta, who helped her get to the Olympics. When times were tough after, she moved to Chennai to get trained under two other coaches. Fighting the battle alone is never a great option. It’s also not a bad idea to get help even when you don’t need it.

3. The daily habits

“I have always been disciplined and put in a lot of hard work. My daily habits have been critical”, she says. It is our daily habits that make or break us.  The dangerous aspect of this? Losing the everyday adds up to something much bigger later on. The corollary? The everyday habits add up to something bigger too.

Do you relate to any of these in the context of where you are right now? Is there something else you picked up from the story? Let us know in the comments.


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