Three distinct characteristics are present when comparing Roger Federer, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton. Take a look...
They Don't Make Concerted Efforts To Respond to Their Critics
Many times, not just in sports, when someone is being faced with a barrage of criticism, one tends to find a way to speak out against it. This is not the case when it comes to Federer, Tebow and Newton. If asked a question or facing a critic, they answer in a straightforward manner and look to move on.
In Cam Newton's introductory speech, he talks of anticipating the criticism. That right there shows that, though many doubted his maturity in transitioning to the NFL, he was working on a plan for the move and what was sure to come with it.
They Carry Themselves with Dignity in the Face of Obstacles
Each of these men have faced an obstacle or two during their careers, to say the least.
Tim Tebow continues to deal with the public's comments about his faith and his unconventional playing style as a quarterback.
Roger Federer, especially this year, was constantly reminded of Djokovic's success while being reminded of his failure to live up to past performances.
Cam Newton dealt with the pay-to-play scandal (Cam, of course, was cleared) surrounding his father, Cecil Newton Sr., and continues to deal with critics questioning his ability on the football field.
But in each case, none of these men have responded with bitterness. They have held their heads high and continued their sports careers.
They Have an Innate Skill Set
It's a fact—all three of these athletes are very skilled in their respective sports, or they would not have the career stats that have been discussed and are sure to come.
They Don't Allow the Naysayers To Prevent Them from Pursuing Their Dreams
The most inspirational thing about these three men is they have not slowed up doing what they love best—playing their respective sports. Whether they're winning or losing, being talked about or supported, they give it their all and enjoy every moment of the pursuit.
There's much to learn from these three athletes, and if you're open and willing to really look at their lives both personally and professionally, there's inspiration. Think for a moment; despite all that they have faced and continue to face, these three seem to always find a way to smile. That's something to really think about.