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Roger Federer and Self Publishing

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Nope, he isn’t self publishing his memoirs. Not that I know of. And I haven’t lost my mind either, though many would disagree 🙂

ImageWatching Rafael Nadal hammer Roger Federer in the recent Rome final made me wonder why he does this? Roger Federer I mean.

The man many consider to be the greatest tennis player, has won everything on the planet. He has earned more than most families earn collectively in a lifetime.

He could have retired with his head held high after his last Slam win and gone on a high. Yet here he is, 32 years old, combating many players much younger to him and more often than not having his ass spanked.

As I continued watching the match, I couldn’t figure it out. The competitive streak runs strong in him – he wouldn’t have won 17 slams if it didn’t. He must hate losing. He must especially hate losing with the whole world and its dog watching. He must hate hearing ‘over the hill,’ ‘spent,’ and such.

I gave up watching after a while and headed back to my writing.

As I powered up my machine, it struck me  that maybe he puts himself out on the court every day, accepting that he will be thrashed by a younger, fitter player, because he loves playing. Because he loves playing competitively.

And because, and this is probably the most important reason –  his belief in himself, that what he is doing is right, is so strong that it enables him to take everything in stride.

As the first lines of my second book came on the screen, I thought this love and belief is probably what self published authors have in common with Roger Federer.

We know that most of us will not enjoy the glory of being best selling authors. Most of our books will fade into the background of noise.

Yet we continue writing, continue to put our work out, accept the savage reviews  – simply because we love writing and we believe in ourselves.

Carry on Rog. Answer to only your own call.






  1. jennieorbell says:

    I have the greatest respect for Roger Federa. As you say, he could have ‘gone out’ on a high and at the top of his game.and it is sad to see ‘The King’ dethroned – however, whatever drives him on one thing is for sure, it isn’t the same whip that drives many in towards world – money.

    • pattersonty says:

      not sure.
      money is a motivator when you don’t have it. when you have it in spades like he has, does more of it really motivate? i think love of the game and the sheer challenge of pitting himself against younger, fitter, opponents is what’s spurring him on.

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