As I watched the Wimbledon Finals the other day, I quickly realized that I was witnessing one of the best athletes the world has ever seen in action. Roger Federer has to be in the top five greatest athletes ever, and I have been privileged to watch him throughout his career. But he’s completely humble in his manner. He is quiet about his profound Catholic faith, and the consummate gentleman.
Federer destroys his opponents without needing to psyche them out in any way other than being so good. And when it’s all over he shakes hands, gives them a pat on the back, and moves on. I always note that he looks like s sports star when he has his Nike bandana on, but as soon as he takes it off, he just looks like a regular guy. There is nothing about his physique that makes him look like a sporting star.
Roger is a major supporter of The Humpty Dumpty Foundation, an Australian charity. He donates his time to participate in private tennis matches and raises funds to purchase equipment that has saved untold lives.
Roger Federer is the perfect role model of how I believe we should do life. No matter how good we are or successful we might be, we can do it by being humble and genuine. That does not mean we should not be proud of what we do, and not carry a sense of pride about ourselves, but it is remaining aware of the fact that we don’t need to rub others’ noses in our success.
People genuinely know a little more about you than you think, and so you may not need to be so forthcoming in telling others of all the success you have achieved. Being proud of what you have achieved is awesome. Making sure everyone is more than aware of it is unnecessary.
Roger Federer was – and probably still is – an anonymous donor to The Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Who knows how many other charities and individuals he helps with his fortune? We can all learn a lot from him.
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Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of My Christian Daily. He also blogs at www.mattdanswan.com.
By winning his eighth Wimbledon championship and 19th Grand Slam Title, Federer further cemented himself as the greatest tennis player of all time. Though quiet about his faith, he is a devout Catholic who considers one of his great highlights meeting the Pope.