For the Love of Details
You’re obviously the best in the world at what you do. Can you tell me a little bit about what influences your character, how you‘ve grown into yourself and how you find confidence.
Basically I describe myself as a person who loves simplicity. I have always been an athlete since I was 6 years old. I’ve always loved this lifestyle. The value in this lifestyle. The feelings in this lifestyle. The value I get out of it. I’m 30 years old and I wake up everyday in the morning with hope that whatever is coming up - whatever challenge I will have on that day, I’d better succeed at it, with peace in my heart.
It take a lot of challenges obviously and I think I’m lucky to be in a position doing what I’m doing as a career or as a sport, because if I’d never done squash I would have not learnt so much and it taught me so much in my life.
The ups and downs I have been through in my sport and dealing socially along with having a tough sport like squash, it’s a career - as in I can’t do anything next to it.
I love music and everyone has always been telling me ‘why can’t you do music next to squash’…. And I have always felt in my heart that I can never two things at the same time, especially as it’s the kind of job that I do - squash - ….beside which, squash has given me so much, I’d never leave it for something else, unless life forced me to, due to injury or something like that.
….say you’re on the court and you’ve just won. What is going through your body? What is that effort? Obviously you’ve put a great deal into it…what is going through your mind at that point?
A huge feeling of relief and I just feel that God has rewarded me and the universe has rewarded me for whatever hard work I did. That’s in the case of winning. In the case of losing, when you work hard and you lose…it happens – At these times you never know what life throws at you because it could be good for you in a different way.
There is always something positive coming out of whatever happens to us. So, in the case of losing, it’s a very depressing feeling. For me when I lose, life goes black - for me winning and losing is huge, because I’ve grown up only knowing that my whole life has been based on winning and losing.
So losing for me, means that there are things I have to do better and things I have to work on, there’s more… I have to be more patient.
And if you win?
If I win, it’s the greatest relief as I said.….and the pride feeling…the feeling of pride is still there and I feed off it…normally I don’t need anything…normally when you win something you want to celebrate and go out, and have fun. For me, when I win a tournament…or do even, a great workout - I don’t need anything else. I just want to sit home…do nothing, just eat and sleep. For me, this is the highest high…this is the biggest celebration. Anything else comes, is like an addition.
Why are details important?
Details are important because I believe that the foundations of every great thing, starts from the details. Besides, that I’m a perfectionist, so if I don’t do the small things right, I don’t feel complete…so I mess up the big things.
What does it mean to focus
Focusing for me means putting everything aside and having so much passion and love for whatever you are doing so you can give 100% in it.
How do you develop this? How do you develop that passion and drive?
I develop this by pushing myself to enjoy, on the days that I don’t want to focus on…. and I don’t want to enjoy focusing on or have passion to whatever I am doing…at that particular thing, I have to push myself on those days, because that translates and it feels amazing on the good days, and that enriches this passion and it just doubles it and it makes the focus stronger on the days that my head is clear and that I want to focus. So this is howI raise it, as a baby.
Are there things in life that you can’t really identify but that somehow help you improve what you do. Meaning maybe its the way that you train or practice. Or maybe you take a moments silence each day . Or someone that you look to that helps you do what you do?
Yes. Being surrounded by good, honest, peaceful people, ambitious people. Ambition, gives me power.