But with men dominating the highest echelons of the sport, that goal only becomes achievable if you focus on picking them off, one after the other. Polgar saw off a sizeable number: making it to number eight in world rankings.
“I came close,” she says, “but in the end that ultimate goal never became a reality for me. One day I would love to see a woman take that title. But unless women-only competitions are demolished then I’m afraid I don’t think the guys have too much to worry about.”
Polgar’s winning tips
Love what you do - The greatest players will train ten hours a day, without distraction. Being passionate doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s the greatest motivator there is.
Develop resilience - Learning how handle losing is the key to winning. Defeat should motivate you rather than discourage you.
Surround yourself with positive critics - Listen to those who love you; family and friends have to be able to tell you difficult truths.
Live in the moment - Life can’t all be about the end goal, because you may not get there. Make sure you enjoy yourself along the way.
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