Thought for the day: Andy Murray

I don’t normally write about sport (or indeed, anything, these days) but I thought this was worth a moment.

The BBC is reporting today that Andy Murray’s defeat in the Wimbledon final was his “biggest disappointment yet” because he played better than ever before. And I have no doubt he feels that way.

That’s our culture that does that, not logic or common sense: the better you do and the harder you work, the bigger a disappointment it is when you fail.

Why? Is this a good thing?


  1. Phil Evans
    Jul 9, 2012

    I think there’s more than just a cultural aspect to it. If you try really hard for something, get invested in it, and really want it, you’re bound to be more disappointed if you don’t succeed – however proud you may be of your efforts.

    Also, I think there’s a bit of a distinction between “being disappointed” and “being disappointed in” – one can be disappointed by the events that transpired and still be proud and not disappointed in the efforts or persons involved.

  2. John Clark
    Jul 9, 2012

    It’s actually his biggest achievement yet, so I think it makes little sense to call it a disappointment. Although I understand, in a sense: the disappointment refers to what was at stake. Losing in the semi-final simply loses you a place in the final, where losing in the final loses you the title. I don’t think it’s as much to do with effort as it is to do with what is at stake.

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