Pullela Gopichand a name which gave the world of badminton a new name by his achievements long before he became a renowned face in the Indian badminton coaching circuit, was one of the strong medal-winning contenders. During his 14 years of career, Gopichand had achieved quite a few moments to cherish. During the Commonwealth Games of 1998, he won silver in the team event and a bronze in men’s singles. One of the greatest achievements of his life is that he won first National Badminton championships in 1996 and won the title for the five times in a row. He won Toulouse open championship France in 1999 and Scottish open championship. He represented India in three different additions of the Thomas Cup. But none of them are equal to What he achieved in 2001, he became the second Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Championships.
After two long decades, Gopichand revealed his mental dilemma after suffering a third-round exit at the Sydney Olympics and he never thought he could achieve something big in Birmingham.
The very own words of Gopichand is “ I had no expectations going into the tournament in 2001. I had a very bad experience during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. I expected a lot in Sydney and ended up being bitterly disappointed so I made it a point to no go into All-England with any expectation. The lesson learned at the Olympics was so harsh that it was a deliberate ploy so as to avoid disappointment, I prepared very well, but had no expectations”
Let learn something from the words of this man and work hard to achieve our goals without having any expectations.