Even if Your Country is Being Bombed, You Can Become World Famous, and Make a DifferenceSeptember 26, 2012
Novak Djokovic has been the World’s #1 Tennis player. He’s won 5 Grand Slam Singles Tennis Titles. An honor to his homeland of Serbia, he is the first male tennis champion to win a Major Singles Title.
Yet it wasn’t always that way. In the late 90s, his Serbian homeland was being incessantly bombed. He had every right to cower, and simply survive. To not think of anything else but the next day.
And he did think of the next day: The day he would win Wimbledon. He dreamed of Wimbledon, and Winning It.
School was out.
Instead of goofing off…
and he dreamed…
Again and Again…
So days were on the court and nights in the basement, a bomb shelter.
With time … the bombing stopped.
His skills increased.
He won in Europe, then abroad, then became the #1 Tennis Player in the World.
If something seems to stop you, figure out what you should pay attention to. Should it be noise, the bombing? Or should it be something you can devote yourself to? It can be writing, being kind, learning chess, reading literature, appreciating all the good around us.
And if you want to take it a step further… then you can also bring joy to people’s lives by making them laugh! Check out his hilarious impersonations of two of his fellow tennis colleagues, Sharapova and Nadal:
Novak Djokovic (born May 22, 1987) is a former World No.1 Serbian professional tennis player who is ranked World No. 2. He has won 5 Grand Slam singles titles, is the first male player representing Serbia to win a Major singles title, and is the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events, separately and consecutively. He won the bronze medal in singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Several tennis critics and former and current players consider Djokovic to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Djokovic started playing tennis at the age of four. A self-described fan of languages, Djokovic can speak his native Serbian, English, German and Italian. He has been dating Jelena Ristic since 2005, is a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and is a keen fan of the Serbian football club Red Star Belgrade. He is known for his humorous off-court impersonations of fellow players, many of whom are his friends. Owing to his extroverted personality, Djokovic became a fixture on entertainment-based TV talk shows around the globe immediately upon achieving a measure of prominence via results on the tennis court.