Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar picked a bat when he was 11; at the age of 16, he made his test debut and represented India internationally for about 24 years. He’s the only player with 100 international centuries, is also the first batsman to score a double-century in ODIs, and the only one to reach the 30,000 runs mark in international cricket. Quite naturally, there’s one too many career lessons from this super talented Indian cricketer!
Don’t let criticism harm your mental strength
Overachievers are expected to not only perform but outperform themselves every time. So, when Sachin was not scoring it was quite natural for criticism to come his way. Some critics even said he should retire for he wasn’t capable of being a match winner anymore. You too will face such situations at work. It’s obvious to feel gutted when you’re criticized, but that shouldn’t keep you away from focusing and doing what you do best. There are times when you will mistakes and you must accept and acknowledge and find ways to better yourself. Some people will criticize you even when you’re doing well – take that with a pinch of salt.
There are different ways to lead
Sachin’s two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team weren’t fruitful and he humbly stepped down and focused more on his game. This, however, didn’t mean that he wasn’t helping his teammates or was not giving his opinion. He always put forth his opinion in the dressing room, bucked up the batsman at the other end of the pitch and had their back even when he wasn’t a captain. He remained a part of strategic processes. The same applies to you too. You may not always become the leader of the pack, but that shouldn’t keep you from speaking up for the benefit of the team.
Grab every opportunity to learn
Be observant. Surround yourself with people who have something to teach you on how you can be better at doing what you’re doing. Sachin knew who to listen to and fortunately he was a quick learner and adhered to advice from experienced colleagues. On his first tour to England, Sachin seemed to be struggling, but when Sunil Gavaskar told him to play the ball late, he did exactly that and went on to score his first test century at Old Trafford in Manchester.
T20 was a relatively new format as compared to the 50 over ODIs and test match tours. Tendulkar adapted himself and fit in quite easily. It’s not for nothing that cricket legends praise him. West Indies superstar Vivian Richards said, “He is 99.5% perfect. I’ll pay to watch him play. I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level”. You too must learn to accept change. Adapt. Adopt measures for sailing smooth. The road will be bumpy, but not necessarily. Keep going forward.
Impossible is nothing
After scoring his 100th century against Bangladesh in 2012, Sachin said, “Chase your dreams, they do come true”. Doesn’t it say a lot about the mettle of this man who’s revered by cricket fans worldwide? If you have your eyes set up on a target given to you, then give everything to it. At the risk of sounding clichéd, remember that the only thing that can come between you and your goals is your will.
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