I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit. – Sachin Tendulkar
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' – Muhammad Ali
Having my morning tea and just as today it has sunk in that the Little Master from India has retired now from all forms of cricket couldn't resist myself from writing this blog about the qualities that he has portrayed for last 24 years in his personal and professional career.
I write this to be read by the Students and Professionals of all fields who very well know that their life is very similar to a sportsman who needs to constantly perform, manage fitness and sharpness of his/her skills.
These are 10 most important qualities that each one us shall try to adopt in our lives to ensure a long and successful career and personal life. Let’s get started!
This is his most important asset. His concentration has been remarkable and this is what allows him to get up even after defeats and perform with even the limited resources. Professionals and students shall adhere to concentration as their jewel of life. The concentration is more valuable than anything else, even more than your KNOWLEDGE!
2) Self Belief
Self belief is a quality that you would find in every elite performer. Sachin is just another fine example of the same. The belief that you can perform and extract your best is what will allow you to stand and fight even in drastically repugnant situations. The belief is what makes you WIN!!. Remember, Mind Sight is more important that Eye Sight !
3) Hard Work
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell
Indeed, it is hard work that is the propelling fuel of any professional career. Once you decide your goals in life it then needs to fuel with the efforts of hard work. The routines and discipline of working hard becomes the most difficult yet most important at the pinnacle of success. You stop working, things stop working (you may be at whatever heights)!
Skill is important in life. His skill of batting is his skill of life. Sachin has portrayed his life on the epicentre of his batting skill. Professional skill is the asset of professionals and this should be protected and nutrified at all costs and at all times.
5) Always on Learning Mode
Seekhna Band toh Jeetna Band !! – Amitabh Bachhan
Isn’t that the reality of life. The dead end of life is not when we stop breathing, but it is when we feel saturated and feel that there is no more scope of learning. The more you learn is the more one can grow, improve his professional and personal life.
Sachin has portrayed a remarkable quality of humility and grace throughout his career. It takes some efforts to respect every person when you are a heartthrob of the entire country and literal licensee of anything you want to do. He has shown that the professional success shall be kept completely aloof from basic human values of compassion, dignity and integrity.
7) Team Play
As professionals this is most important for all of us to learn. Even the professionals can’t work without their team be it their parents, siblings, friends, mentors, staff, colleques etc. It’s the efforts of the entire team that comes out in the form of a beautiful career of a player/professional. One shall always remember the pivotal role the team has played to his / her success.
8) Soft Spoken
This quality of his is my personal favourite. Despite all the success and fame, Sachin has always been a soft spoken person and has restrained himself from any personal talks or allegations etc. His soft spokenness has even made his fame grow more and more as this is basic human instinct that every human approximates.
Content with getting what arrives of itself. Passed beyond the pairs, free from envy, not attached to success or failure. Even acting, he is not bound. He is recognized as eternally free, who neither loathes nor craves; For he that is freed from the pairs, is easily freed from conflict. – Bhagvad Gita
One cannot be happy without a sense of satisfaction / content in his / her life. Sachin is a fine example of how one needs to manage sometimes conflicting values of ambition and satisfactions in life simultaneously. Ambition shall not over shadow one’s satisfaction in his / her life, lest he will just keep searching happiness but shall never meet it.
10) Clarity of Vision
Whatever he has done, he has looked completely clear in his mind and this is what makes him a champion. He has never been boggled by the the criticism of his critics, always working on his basics. Similarly, the professionals needs to be clear in what they aspire and needs to execute in their career.
It’s not the failures in life which fail us, It’s the lack of will to get up is what fails us!! – CA Ankit Gulgulia
Thanks for reading!
About the Author:
CA Ankit Gulgulia (Jain)
Author is practicing Chartered Accountant in New Delhi. A Writing enthusiast, a speaker, blogger and a Sachin FAN! He can be reached at Ankitgulgulia@gmail.com.
DISCLAIMER: Personal Views of author strictly.