Obsession may not be such a good thing, but it is awesome in some instances especially during career choice. So many people get stuck doing what they hardly love simply because they cannot break free from the routine or deviate from the norm. They do this regardless of the fact that doing something you love will make you work harder at it. Well, it is good we know that hard work, ultimately, has to meet with the right passion, to allow success come in. Doubting? Wait until you meet these Athletes who have taught us that allowing hard work to meet with our real passion will get us somewhere we never imagined, then you will be convinced that it is just amazing to follow your bliss.
1. Lin Dan
“I want to be the champion. I am confident I can do it.”
Lin Dan, a professional badminton player from China is a typical example of stars who followed the path of their obsession and are doing great at it. His parents wanted him to pursue and learn the Piano, but young Lin Dan loved playing badminton more than anything else. He began to play when he was only five and by age of 28 he had completed the “Super Grand Slam”, having won all nine major titles in the badminton world. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion, and five-time All England champion.
2. Gabriel Medina
“My obsession is the ocean. It’s where I recharge my energy.”
Medina is a Brazilian professional surfer and the first Brazilian surfer to win events with regularity. He scored three victories on the 2014 tour, including a massive victory in epic surf at Teahupo’o Tahiti over Kelly Slater. He is the youngest Brazilian to join the ASP World Champion Tour. Gabriel first took to a surfboard as a 9-year-old. By the time he was 11, he had already won his first National Championship.
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3. Virat Kohli
“I live my obsession on the pitch. The crease is where I am closest to myself.”
Virat is one of those people who believe that living your obsession is an amazing thing. He has made a name for himself and has no doubt become one of the most dependable top order batsmen for India. He is a typical modern-day cricketer who plays his game in a determined way displaying his feelings openly and habitually, rather than keep them private, but retains the element of maturity which is the basic part of a great player. His obsession is and always has been to play for India and earn nothing but a win for the country.
4. Eric Koston
“It’s such a mental game, Skateboarding. I’m always trying to create something new, to turn something that I visualize in my mind into something real.”
Eric Koston nicknamed “Michael Jordan of skateboarding” by his teammate and professional skateboarder Brandon Biebe is an American professional skateboarder and company owner. He began skating when he was only 11, after his older brother gave him an old skateboard. He started mastering ‘Ollie’s and ‘HeelFlips’ by practising them every day in his driveway. Since turning professional in 1993, he has risen in the ladder of prominence from X Games medals to being famous as one of the best street skaters around and he continues to grow.
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5. Mark Cavendish
“ I live my obsession on two wheels.”
Mark Cavendish is a Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Etixx-Quick Step. Mark started riding at a very early age, but became a professional cyclist in 2005. He won 11 titles all in his first year rising to prominence as a sprinter, and is now widely considered one of the best of his era. So far, he has won 25 Tour de France stages and is the only rider to have won the final stage of Tour de France for four consecutive years.
7. Gaurang Swarge
“Even today every climb makes me nervous but it’s the obsession, the ability to keep pushing forward is what helps me!”
A rock climbing camp during Gaurang Swarge’s teenage days paved all the way. Since then Gaurang has been into it. He has a Masters in Computer Science from the US, yet he chose to be a professional mountain climber. According to him all that matters is that feeling of happiness and delight which he gets whenever he is making his way to the top of his climb. That in fact has been the burning desire inside of him always pushing him to do what he loves doing.
“We live our obsession on the skateboard, 4 inches above the ground.”
Holystoked is a group of young and aspiring Board skaters who are so determined to follow the way of their obsession. Holystoked literally fixes wheels on the skateboarding culture in India. It began nearly 4 years ago and was established with the sole aim of providing India with quality skateboards. Their hard work has done great for them especially since board skating is emerging as a famous sport.
8. Fernando Alonso
“Behind the wheel is where my obsession thrives.”
Alonso is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a two-time World Champion. He is currently racing for McLaren-Honda. He began motor-racing at the very tender age of 3. He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996. Fernando became the youngest Pole Sitter at the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2003. His first victory came soon, when he won his first race, organized by a shopping center where he was competing with kids almost twice his age.
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9. Ishita Malaviya
“When I am on a wave, it feels like time has slowed down, and I am living in that moment.”
Ishita is among the few people who ended up making it to the top for taking the lead when others are hesitant to try. She is India’s first professional female surfer and is popular for making the ocean her second home. She decided to follow her true passion after she obtained a degree in journalism from Manipal University. Surfing in the ocean is what keeps Ishita delightful. She started a surf club called Shaka Surf Club on the Konkan coast to promote the Indian coastline as an international surfing destination.
10. Yuvraj Singh
“I live my obsession on the field, in every ball I play, every shot I hit.”
Yuvraj Singh, an Indian international cricketer is a versatile player who bats left-handed in the middle-order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He hit six 6’s against Stuart Broad in Durban in 2011 which was certainly a high point for Yuvraj Singh as a cricketer. The record holder has proven that he loves his job and is never going to quit even in demanding situations as he is currently training hard to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team after defeating cancer.