There’s no question that the experiences we go through shape the way we view the world. This is especially true for the traumatic experiences we face. It’s an unfortunate truth, but many of us have suffered various forms of trauma — and while we can’t change what happened to us, we can change how much it controls our lives going forward.
But by developing a champion’s mindset, we can make the most out of even the roughest memories we hold onto. A champion’s mindset is one that takes challenges and turns them into opportunities, takes negatives and turns them into positives, and takes losses and turns them into wins. And I don’t know anyone who embodies the mind and spirit of a champion more than our guest today: Novak Djokovic.
A lot of you probably know how Novak is currently ranked #1 in the world, and is considered by many to be the best men’s tennis player of all time. After winning Wimbledon this past Sunday, he’s now up to 20 career Grand Slam titles — tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most in men’s history!
But what many people don’t know is Novak’s traumatic childhood experiences that helped shape his view of the world, his passion for tennis, and his deep love for other people. These included a bombing taking place during his 12th birthday while growing up in Serbia, regularly waking up in the middle of the night to race to a bomb shelter, and many other heartbreaking stories brought on by war.
Novak could have sat down and let this trauma cripple him. He could have thrown in the towel and become bitter with the world around him. Instead, he continued to lead with love and focus on becoming the best tennis player and human being he could possibly be…and I’m so proud of him for doing so.
In honor of his continued dominance on the tennis court, I wanted to throw it back to my AMAZING conversation I had with him back in 2017. I’ll be honest, this episode gets DEEP. It was such a treat to see this side of Novak — he’s a man who’s as compassionate as he is competitive, and I couldn’t be more honored to have had the chance to speak with him. You won’t want to miss this one!
Currently ranked the #1 male tennis player in the world, and considered to be one of the greatest of all time, Novak Djokovic has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name — something only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been able to accomplish. But Djokovic’s impact goes far beyond the tennis court. Experiencing two wars while growing up in Serbia, Djokovic would often wake up to the sound of bombs dropping overhead. Despite this trauma, he stayed positive and used tennis as his outlet. Today, Djokovic uses his platform for many philanthropic ventures — which include being a national UNICEF ambassador, regularly visiting refugee families, and being involved in many other charitable projects.
I truly believe Novak’s overwhelming positivity is one of the keys to his long term success on and off the court. And I know you’ll gain valuable lessons from this incredible conversation.
Join me on Episode 1,137 with the one, the only, Novak Djokovic!