How to keep up Passion & Motivation?


Here is another question I am often asked:

How do I keep up my passion and motivation to be consistently successful throughout my career, both as a professional player and coach?

The answer is very simple. If I love and passionate about what I do, I give 110% every single day, 7 days a week. I set the bar very high and I would do everything possible to achieve all the goals I set.

However, once it becomes just a "job", I stop and find other passion. There is no point in doing something you do not enjoy.

This is why when I played competitively, my focus was to break through uncharted territory to pave the way for other women. I gave everything I had to accomplish set goals in spite of very unfair and discriminatory conditions.

After 4 World Championships (including the first-ever triple-crown in chess), 10 Olympiad Medals (including 5 Gold and 4 Silver), the world #1 ranking, and being the first ever woman to earn the Grandmaster title, and many more records, I lost my passion when FIDE illegally stripped me of my WC title. So I stopped and searched for another passion.

I decided to go into coaching full time. After I made that decision, I turned down multiple very lucrative offers to come back to play competitively. I want to give my students my full and undivided attention. I have zero regrets about my decision.

This is the secret for my success. I have to do what I love to do, and give it my all. I simply do not like the idea of mixing things up and do nothing well, and most importantly, be miserable. So my advice is to find your passion and give it your all. Life is too short to waste your time on things you dislike and be miserable.

Good luck! 👍


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