Sahil Bloom


21 days ago

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Roger Federer was the epitome of the Paradox of Effort. You have to put in more effort to make something appear effortless. Effortless performances are just the result of a large volume of effortful practice. Small things become big things.

Watching clips of Federer is a borderline spiritual experience (even for a non tennis fan). Years and years of intense, focused practice make these actions look so pure, elegant, and simple.

These clips of Federer are the definition of Sprezzatura. A 15th century Italian courtier and author named Baldassare Castiglione coined the term “sprezzatura” to describe a studied, effortful nonchalance. Sprezzatura is earned elegance.

Federer also always seemed to take the time to make others smile. This video is amazing.

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