Saina Nehwal: You Can’t Let The Lows to Dampen Your Spirit.”
The world No. 1 Badminton Champion Saina Nehwal is the emerging star of inspiration for all of us says, “When I joined the sport, I never thought of becoming world No. 1. It was only my mom’s dream who would say, ‘Saina you have to get an Olympic medal for me. That’s it. Not world No. 1’. But today, I feel like ‘Oh my God, world No. 1. Obviously it’s huge.”
Obviously it’s huge! It’s a huge news to the country as well. She is the first Indian Woman to have conquered the title of No.1 in Badminton.
Here is a list of achievements with mostly being the first woman in accomplishing.
- First Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.
- First Indian to win a Super Series tournament.
- First Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics.
- And now, first Indian woman to be ranked No. 1 in badminton.
- Winner of the Arjuna Award ( An award awarded by government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports.)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna ( India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports.)
- Padma Shri (fourth highest civilian award in India.)
Ask her what’s her principle in life and she answers with mere 2 words. She says it’s “HARD WORK.”
Ask her how she balances her success and failures, she keeps her answer with simple words, yet a deep thoughtful lesson attached to it. She says, “You can’t let the highs make you feel overconfident nor can you let the lows be a reason to dampen your spirit.”
And if you ask her on how easy was it to make it so big, she has bundles of experiences which sum up to this, “I was written off by many as someone having mediocre talent. I faced a lot of challenges while looking for someone to coach me. I was rejected by many who thought I was lacking in talent. I am thankful to Almighty that he gave me parents who are my pillars of support and have struggled a lot to give me the life I am leading today.”
The more you try to know about the journey of Saina the more she leaves you inspired. Saina started her training at an young age of 8. She was brought up by her parents who were both badminton players themselves. To come from a middle class family and bare the training expenses isn’t as easy as it sounds. But the family encouraged and supported her with whatever they had. That’s how the journey of a little girl started towards Olympics and today being called the No.1
She admits that there have been times when she didn’t have life outside badminton and days with vigorous practice of more than 10 hours. That’s what she means when she says her principle in life is to Work Hard. Something along with hard work which also helped her be on the top was the strong optimism and mental fitness.
Today if we look at what the 25 year old has achieved, it installs motivation in us.