Last week I read Prakash Iyer’s The Habit of Winning suggested by one of my friend. This book is stuffed with great inspirational stories and takeaways from heroes of different fields to help readers like me to be positive, focused and successful in different facet of life. Obviously people like me having interest in Sports like this book even more as it was easier to get associated with. Some quick lessons from the book are as follow:
- Don’t change your rabbit. It is important to prioritize our dreams and pursue one dream at a time. Pursuing multiple dreams together may lead us to nowhere. It is like identifying a rabbit from group of rabbits and focus only on that one. Even if it looks elusive, changing is the rabbit is not recommended , changing the tactics would help.
- If you think you can , you can. If you think you can’t, you are right. Roger Bannister was the first person in 1954 to run a mile in less than four minutes which was considered impossible for years. Doctors believed no human can achieve this milestone without significantly harming one’s body. Actually barrier which was considered to physiological was a mental one. And once Roger broke this 4-minute mental barrier, mental barriers in the mind of all runners were shattered. Bannister’s record lasted just 46 days. Life is also about breaking mental barriers.
- Patience has its own reward, nothing of substance happens in a jiffy. As long as we keep watering and fertilizing our dream, it will come to fruition, just like the Chinese Bamboo Tree. It may take weeks, months or even years, but eventually, the roots will take hold and Chinese bamboo tree will grow. And when it does, it will grow in remarkable ways.
- Expect more, get more. Expect Failure and get that too ! Expectation has the power of reality fitting in. This is indeed a lesson from teaming perspective. Expect good things from your team, family and friend and they will start delivering but it is important to share the positive expectations and don’t allow the fear of failure to come in between.
- Team Management: The author has further illustrate how the people should be managed. To fly kite higher, we need to pull it towards us and not push it. People are also like that.
- Bad News Quotient (BNQ): Though we have heard IQ and EQ to be a major determinant of traits of leaders. He has further differentiated between good and greater leader by explaining that it also depends how ones deals with bad news – in terms of delivering it and taking it in.
Last, but not the least most important lesson for me to learn from this book is : What we do in tough times decides what is going to happen with us next.