I watched the Australian Open this year and to me it was amazing how Stan Wawrinka came through and won the Open title against Nadal. To me it wasn't that he won that was so remarkable, although it was a great achievement - it was that he never gave up. In an article I read in the Panama City Herald the title said Wawrinka tries again, doesn't fail this time as he tops Nadal for the Australian Open title. For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many
defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm.
At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett: " Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
He's going to have to come up with something new. He said he had the quote inhis head for a long time. "It was part of my life," he said. He was very pessimistic about anyone breaking the dominance of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray - the so called Big Four who accounted for all but one of the
previous 35 major titles.
But he didn't give up, he practiced harder and tried again. If he didn't win he went back to practice and started all over again. To me I would say that he never really failed because he kept trying. If something doesn't work, even in
everyday life it is often easy to not try again, but you risk not learning something new, not ever achieving what is possible for yourself.
If you persevere and try different ways of doing something, or working harder, or differently you will eventually persevere and what an amazing achievement that would be for yourself. You only fail if you never try.
Nelson Mandela said it best, "The greatest glory in living is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall."