Monday, June 29, 2015

Mental Fortitude (a.k.a. Willpower)

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton 
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Remember Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skating gold medalist who overcame a brain tumor that stunted his childhood development.  He definitely exhibited mental fortitude (a.k.a. willpower), the strong determination to overcome adversity, a difficult situation.    

Wimbledon started earlier today.  Over the years I have written about tennis.  My last story was about Victor Estrella Burgos, a tennis player from the Dominican Republic, the oldest (34) first time titlist in Open Era history.  I am always fascinated by tennis players, male or female, that have labored on the professional tour for years before they finally win their first title, long after that might have called it quits.  Mental Fortitude (a.k.a. Willpower)! 

Today’s story is about Denis Istomin, a 28-year old tennis player from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (where?) who won his first ATP level tournament this past Saturday, one of the warm-up tournaments leading up to Wimbledon.  Denis turned pro in 2004, thus he has been on the ATP tour for eleven years.  That takes perseverance, but what makes Denis’s achievement even more special is at age fourteen, in 2001, he was on his way to a tournament and suffered a serious leg injury in a car accident that required extensive surgery and kept him hospitalized for three months.  He did not pick up a racquet and resume training until 2003.  Mental Fortitude (a.k.a. Willpower)!

Achieving goals takes mental fortitude (a.k.a. willpower)!

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