Talent and winning

I came across a quote by Rafael Nadal – “People get confused about talent. Talent isn’t striking the ball well, or very hard. Some play beautifully, some flawlessly, others run brilliantly. But in all sport the final objective is to win. So, in summary, the person who wins the most is the one with the most talent”

It is an interesting quote that perhaps applies better to individual sports than team sports.  That said, it outlines Nadal’s belief that raw potential that isn’t put to use to deliver results doesn’t amount to much.

While the quote is as much about talent as it is about his ethos and incredible desire to win, there’s something to be said for such single mindedness.

Especially as he moved one step closer to taking over the mantle of the most successful tennis player of all time from my favorite player. :-)