Part of becoming a winner, champion or all-time great is not always about winning the match, game, championship or race. 80% is mental fortitude. To be able to endure the highs and the lows is what sets the greats apart.
Athletes like Naomi Osaka are so often built up with endorsements, glowing media attention (far too early) and social media. Then coupled with this generations "everyone's a winner" mentality is a recipe for disaster that we are seeing more and more often.
People build up athletes and celebrities far too fast, sometimes based on limited experience and success and sometimes even worse due to a "viral" moment. They are then built up as the next superstar much too quickly. Don't blame athletes like Osaka but instead blame the system we've created.
One minute an athlete is making millions in endorsements and the following month we're reading mental breaks are needed.
The reason the brands pay one athlete millions over another is because they want a return on their investment, not because they're fans. That's for the ticket buying public. People tend to get that confused.
When we realize that individual is really, really good but not the next superstar, excuses are then brought into the conversation. If someone points out that maybe that individual is a star but maybe just not a "Superstar" the social media police are quick to pounce.
The word G.O.A.T is thrown around much too often. The word means the Greatest of ALL-TIME, not this season, year or even decade.
Maybe we just slow down.
Stop giving out participation trophies. Stop giving kudos to the average. Let the not-so-good be just that. Let the good be good and the great develop to be something more.
Lots of athletes and celebrities deserve to be written about but everyone doesn't deserve a headline and few deserve the cover.
It's OK to clap but not everyone is worthy of a standing ovation.