This post is inspired by an article I read about the tenacity, hard work, and determination of tennis champion, Maria Sharapova. (Tennis Magazine, U.S. Open Issue, “For the Love of the Game” by Stephen Tignor) If you have had the privilege of watching her long legged, graceful domination of the tennis court you may think to yourself: “Well, she is beautiful and tall and has the natural body type and physicality to be successful.” Wrong!
Yes, Maria Sharapova is beautiful. Yes, she is tall which makes her serve a powerful force to be reckoned with. Yes, she has long legs that help her to easily cover a greater distance on the court. Yes, she does have some natural physicality that assists her in her drive toward being a champion. But that is where it stops. Her natural physical attributes only assist her in getting started. But many men and women are born with natural physical abilities. Very few become champions or masters of their craft. Continue reading