There’s something very satisfying about making anything with your hands.
Companies are bought not sold, an investment banker told me that once and it is very true. Basically what it means is you can’t control selling your company, you can only sell it if somebody wants to buy it, and you need someone to want to buy it.
I was very different from other badminton players. I did not bring badminton home. I wouldn’t eat, sleep, drink badminton or talk about it to friends.
Somehow I always make very few mistake when I am under pressure.
It was just my mom, my sister and me. And from a young age, my mom always said I was like the man of the house. I really became the man of the house. And I really took that responsibility very seriously: being the man of the house, the protector.
In China or in the U.S., the government program takes over promising sporting talent at a very early age and then financially secures their life. They get educated.
At 16 I was very interested in palmistry. The fate line on my right palm broke into two parts that ran for a quarter of an inch on parallel tracks. I used to look at it and wonder, ‘What will happen?’
I’ve been a very self-dependent person.
I’ve got very poor sight.
I think the playbook in American football would be a very good idea for soccer.
If your sight is poor, there’s very little you can do.
I want to win every game – soccer, tennis, it doesn’t matter. When I play I am very loud. I am very emotional.
Acting is a very strange thing. It isn’t about trying to feel, for me, it is about thinking.
When I get a new player, we do tests about his character and personality because it is very important to find out about the things he loves to do on and off the pitch.
I think that’s why a lot of people are very lonely and get ill when they’re older, because I think loneliness and having no motivation, nothing to work towards… I think it kills you.
In the stadium, when it is very noisy, you only have a limited influence as a coach. You need players on the field who understand the plan and who will talk to the guys when things are not going well.
I wanted to see what sports were like… I went out for the track team. And then I got a D on my report card and my mom pulled me off the track team; I was very upset.
I think the Spanish way is the philosophy is similar to mines and in Spain they are very good at coaching young players for the team.
Every year, I laid out a strategy of what I was going to do, and I was very successful. In 2003, I wanted to take the world by storm, and I did that indoors. In 2004, I wanted to run fast; I did that. In 2005, I wanted to be dominant, and I did that as well.
For me, Mourinho is an extreme coach with focus on results who is not very concerned with glamour on the pitch. He puts the result above everything and if you get so many titles doing that, it is certainly not a wrong way.
For gamers, I think it’s very easy for people to produce content that’s pretty engaging.
I am one who coaches very aggressively and screams loudly so that my players can hear me.
People like the feeling of access that is very raw, unedited, and inspirational.
I could have played Dot as a very dreary woman with a list of illnesses, but I played her with an edge, so it was funny.