Which changes his thought process. Oikawa despite polishing his craft to the nth degree, still can’t get better of his opponents. In every field there are good ones, talented ones and the insanely talented ones. In the world of sports, no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone better than you.
Curse of the ordinary
Not everyone’s passion aligns with their interests. The same can be said about Oikawa. Despite possessing an insane amount of passion for volleyball, he ends up falling short of goals. Losing to others despite doing everything in his powers. Oikawa suffers from what we call, the curse of the ordinary.
Oikawa’s ambition is grand but simple. To be the best setter possible. To aim for and reach the very top. To defeat Ushiwaka and take his team to the nationals. No matter, who is in the way, even if it’s Karasuno or Kageyama for that matter,.
During the match against Karasuno, Oikawa comes up against Kageyama, who unlike him is blessed with insane talent. That’s when he remembers this quote.