I am reading the English translated version of an epic Japanese biographical novel entitled "Taiko" about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous samurai feudal lord of the mid to late 16th century who brought an end to a century and a half of civil war. He is one of three great men who brought about the unification of Japan. The other two men are his predecessor and liege lord, Oda Nobunaga (who is an ancestor of the skater Nobunari Oda) and Tokugawa Iyeyasu.
The following paragraph could have been written about Yuzuru Hanyu and it reminded me that all great people share certain characteristics:
" The more dangerous the situation and the deeper his hardships, the happier he became. It was the happiness that arose from surmounting adversities and being able to turn and see them behind him, and he had experienced it to greater and lesser degrees since the time of his youth. He himself claimed that the greatest happiness of life was to stand at the difficult border between success and failure."