Strive To Be Perfect: Nadia Comaneci Showed the Way

Nadia Comaneci won hearts the world over when she scored a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Olympics. It was the first time this had ever been achieved. She showed the world that perfection is possible. The judges could not find any flaw in her performance. When I think of Nadia, I too want to strive to be perfect.

Interesting Facts

A perfect score was considered impossible until Nadia’s achievement. The Olympic scoreboards could not even display the number 10. Her score was therefore shown as 1.00 instead.

Nadia’s record as the youngest all-round gymnastics champion cannot be broken today.  She was 14 years old at the time, and the current legal age limit for Olympic gymnastics is 16.

Quotes by Nadia Comaneci

I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.

You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people.

Strive to be perfect, Nadia-style

Nadia Comaneci and her husband Bart Connor have an official homepage where you can learn more about what they are doing now.

Nadia Comaneci herself wrote a book Letters to a Young Gymnast (Art of Mentoring).

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3 replies on “Strive To Be Perfect: Nadia Comaneci Showed the Way”

@ Jeremy, thanks. Yes most of us were pretty young when she got her perfect 10 more than 30 years ago. Still, even now I watch the video and am amazed at what she did then.

@ Snigdha, you have a great point about always raising the bar so we keep striving to be better. I used to consider perfection an ideal that could never be reached as well. Today I’ve become easier on myself and others, and I sometimes tell somebody that the arrangements for an event were “perfect” in the sense that it was everything I had expected and maybe more. Of course it could be better, which means that it is possible to be “more than perfect” but you’re right that this gets into the semantics.

I like the saying you brought up, that every action of ours is a self-portrait. How true. Christians have something similar: “You may be the only bible someone else ever reads”. We never know when a single action we make has a deep and lasting impact on someone else, and so should strive to make every word and deed count.

Thanks for your wonderful and thought-provoking comment!

Hi Daphne, another great thought. While I agree with the title – ” Strive” to be perfect, I personally believe that ” perfection” is NOT possible, what matters is one should always strive towards perfection; coz ” perfection” is just like a benchmark, which should always be set higher and higher. The moment ” perfection” is thought to be achieved, it ceases to be a perfection. Further, who decides that it was a “perfect” act – point to ponder over, do not u think so ?? The room for improvement is always the biggest and the ever-expanding room in the world. Sorry, I am perhaps guilty of picking up a bit of semantics you used . But, I agree 101% with the spirit and message behind your article. Let’s try to be perfect, in whatever we do . I am reminded of a saying – every action of ours is a self-portrait, let us autograph it with excellence ( nay – perfection !!) .

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