We all have three options. One, if you have to overcome some kind of adversity, you can sit still and wait for someone to solve the problem for you. Two, you can start to take action in the hope that you will be able to achieve what life offers you based on your options. And three, you can negotiate with life by saying, "Look, I want this, but I don't know what it will take or how hard it will be, but I'm going to try".
I want to discover why some people obtain results while others don't. I want to know how we learn, how we can change the way we learn so we can become the person we want to be and, above all, how we can teach others to develop this potential which, in reality, is based on how we learn.
I've been really lucky in that my parents instinctively discovered that it does no good to protect people too much. The education I received always focused strongly on values, work, effort, perseverance and, above all, on firmly believing that you can achieve many of the things you want. Not everything (and this was pointed out to me), but a lot.
If I hadn't become blind, I wouldn't have made as much effort to get where I was. If I hadn't become blind, I wouldn't have looked for a way to keep improving. That's when I realized how lucky I was to be blind, because it was thanks to my blindness that I had achieved so much.
Pain, fear, sadness, frustration and all those types of emotions are part of life. We would not be able to feel happiness if we could not also feel sadness, as there would be no contrast. And, in my opinion, fear is one of the most important emotions we have. It tells you that you have to prepare yourself for a situation that you're not ready for. You have to prepare better. That's the message transmitted by fear.
Motivation is overestimated. I think we've been sold the story that you do things when you're motivated, in other words, that you do things when you feel inspired. However, the key to success is to do things when you don't feel inspired. To get up when you don't feel like it and train when you aren't in the mood.
We are more conditioned to learn to lose than to learn to win. For me, it was much more complicated to learn how to win before the Beijing Olympics as I had to prepare myself mentally and find out what type of person I had to become. Then, once I had won, I had to learn how to keep grounded, which was more difficult than learning how to lose, as when you lose people always help you. But winning is quite lonely. as you're often surrounded by people who are only there because you've got a medal. Suddenly, there are all these people around who weren't there when you were feeling low. It's a lot harder to win and remain grounded, retain your values and goals and keep the same level of commitment. In the end however, both winning and losing are temporary.