From the world No. 1 to 180, then an amazing comeback to No. 1, and the age defying display in the recent Olympic Games, the national shuttler Dato’ Lee Chong Wei has once again proved that he is a great sportsman. Here’s what can we learn from Dato’ Lee Chong Wei, the forever champion in our heart.
1) Learn to control your emotions
No matter you are in a bad or good situation, learn to keep calm and control your emotions. If you win the game, you win with class. Even if you lose, do not lose your tantrums. Instead congratulate your opponent with an open heart.
2) Always think positively
Always have a positive mind set even if we have to face bitter circumstances with endurance. The worth of happiness can be realised by us to its fullest if we had undergone abominable situation. Always remember, great people are great because they didn’t quit!
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I just want to thank every one of you who had faith in me through this difficult times. There are so many unanswered questions and I hope to clear my name soon. I never cheated nor will I ever rely on banned substances. Read my full interview here, shared to my long time friend, Malaysian Sports Blogger Satwant Singh Dhaliwal: www.ssdhaliwal.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-story-by-lee-chong-wei.html
3) Give it your best, all the time
Play at your best all the time, not only when you feel like it. Although you might not always be at the peak, but you should not stop learning throughout the journey.
4) Show commitment and determination
Dedicate yourself to excellence. Commit yourself to becoming the best that you can be. Be willing to sacrifice and don’t cut corners. Champions don’t become champions by cutting corners or looking for the easy way out. Instead you must be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.
5) Always be open to feedback
No successful players can really do it alone. This will only limit your development as a champion without a good coach to unlock your true potential. You should be open to and look for good coaching. It’s always the fastest and smartest way to get where ever you want to go.
Lee Chong Wei saat diberi arahan coach Tey Seu Bock. Sejak Korea Open coach Ah Bock mulai mendampingi LCW. pic.twitter.com/jJ9wTT952k
— Badminton INDONESIA (@BadmintonNow) November 19, 2015
6) Be humble
Learning to be humble is of paramount importance in sports, and humility can help you develop more fully and enjoy richer relationships with others, as well as create opportunities and earn you respect.
Lee Chong Wei juga berterima kasih terhadap dukungan yang diberikan oleh banyak penonton di stadium kepadanya. https://t.co/BmWclD2XsJ
— Badminton Talk (@BadmintonTalk) November 17, 2015
7) Show respect
Show respect to yourself by treating others the way you want to be treated. Respect not only your teammates, but also your opponents, coaches, the officials and rules of the game.
8) Be patient
Enduring defeat with patience and waiting for the right time to arise is what sportsman spirit is all about. Without patience, it will be difficult to make the right decision and land himself/ herself in the best situation.
Here’s a video of the 10 best rallies of the legendary national shuttler, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei.