An Inspiring Article about Self-efficacy, Enthusiasm, Motivation, and Perseverance (Sharing “Is Shoyo Hinata Delusional?”

Great article about self-efficacy, enthusiasm, motivation, and perseverance, … and the anime character Shoyo Hinata. See the original and more on the blog Crushing the Moon (

Is Shoyo Hinata Delusional?

Author: peregrineprincess

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Shoyo Hinata is a tiny boy with huge dreams. He knows that volleyball is a sport dominated by extremely tall players, and yet at just over 5′ 4″ he wants to become a national champion more than anything. However, he has almost no experience whatsoever with volleyball. Still, he’s determined to work his hardest and fight his way to the national stage. Hinata’s seemingly endless enthusiasm, motivation, and perseverance is his most defining as well as his most endearing trait. This boy has proved that he won’t stop or give up, even when the challenge he faces seems impossible. Although some of the other Haikyu!! characters took more time for me to appreciate (I’m looking at you, Kageyama) I fell in love with Hinata’s boundless energy and cheerfulness immediately.

There’s a psychological construct known as self-efficacy, which basically tells us that our belief in our ability to accomplish a task greatly increases our likelihood of achieving it. In short, seemingly impossible challenges can be conquered if we just believe in ourselves. Hinata’s endless optimism is basic self efficacy–it’s what allows him to improve at such a rapid rate. As long as this wannabe volleyball star has faith in himself, we as an audience feel happy and reassured that he can in fact reach his goal. Hinata’s enthusiasm and determination gives us hope.

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Shoyo Hinata is not clinically delusional. But he shows us that sometimes, letting ourselves become a bit deluded is the only thing that will help us achieve the impossible.

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About mathias sager

Independent researcher, artist, social entrepreneur, and leadership and strategy advisor I was born in Zurich in 1975 and grew up in Switzerland. Currently, I’m living in Tokyo. I love open-minded people everywhere and the passion to working relentlessly for developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all his work. I have extensive experience in leadership and management, organizational psychology research, and learning & development practice. I have worked as a teacher, a leadership trainer, as well as a senior manager responsible for client relationships, counseling, and virtual teams around the world. Also, I’m a social entrepreneur and serving as a strategy and leadership advisor in different ways. My goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for the people’s individual well-being and common good alike. Continuously learning himself and keen to help, I appreciate any questions or feedback you may have at any time. Please connect here on any social media, as well as per direct email
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8 Responses to An Inspiring Article about Self-efficacy, Enthusiasm, Motivation, and Perseverance (Sharing “Is Shoyo Hinata Delusional?”

  1. Patty says:

    Hm. Although I love the positive message, how could one not, I feel it’s important to be realistic too? As in…I am not good at mathematics, some formulas I just couldn’t grasp. I think it is unrealistic to pursuit a career as a mathematics professor?

    • mathias sager says:

      Thanks a lot for your comment! I thought first the same.
      Then I decided to not define any boundaries for what is realistic and what not. Because by doing that I would tend to stay within the existing limits. Who had thought that it is ever possible to run a mile under 4 minutes? Or to fly? Or to speak to each other across the ocean? It is necessary to believe in the seemingly impossible if we want to reach new horizons.
      To come back to your example, if you had been raised differently, maybe you would have believed in stronger math capabilities of ours? We are still exposed (unconsciously) to the typical gender stereotypes that boys are talented in math and technology, and girls in language and nursing:-). There may be differences in the starting positions, of course. However, everybody can become a math professor if he/she wants to, just it could take more or less time for different individuals according to how natural it is to them.
      I also see that through struggle comes innovation. Maybe you would have found a new way of mathematical thinking while figuring out how to learn it more effectively, and therefore uniquely contributed to the field. In the sense of a such a growth mindset, it is all a matter of wanting, picturing, and experimenting/working seriously enough.
      What do you think?

      • Patty says:

        I do agree we, in general, have to believe in ‘everything is possible’. However, also be aware that maybe at an individual level not exactly how one would wish. And that that is OK too. Support those who are able and realize/accept your own strength lies in a different field/direction. Yes, through struggle comes innovation, but also, if unrealistic and thus not within realistic reach…depression. I rather teach people it is OK to adjust your vision, mission and (fixed) mindset. Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Keep asking; is the struggle worth the price and prize? But maybe my view/mindset is fixed?

      • mathias sager says:

        Hi Patty. Thanks for your great reply.
        I think the answer lies in what is natural to every individual. Does it feel natural to reach for a specific dream/goal? If yes, however difficult and time-consuming, this will not result in negative effects. With “natural” I mean what would be natural to a person if he/she wasn’t told respectively educated to believe that this or that couldn’t be achieved. Not everybody is happy if we go for our natural potential because they want us to work for their needs:-). So we need to listen to ourselves. Only we can know what our dreams and limits are.

      • Patty says:

        Ah, yes. from this perspective I whole-heartily agree 🙂 Wishing you a happily growing and colorful new week, dear friend. XxX

      • mathias sager says:

        Thanks, Patty. The same to you!

  2. I, for one, see self-fulfilling prophecy as a law of the universe… a force that in many ways is more potent than gravity and electromagnetism. Thanks and peace.

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