In the world’s second most populated country, India, everyone knows the name, Sachin Tendulkar. He is the super famous national cricket player in India and many people refer to him as “God” because of his unfathomable skills in cricket.
Sachin has won numerous awards and broken many records including the highest number of runs in test and one-day cricket, the highest number of games played, the highest number of Man of the Match awards, and so on and so forth.
Here are the five precious life lessons anyone can learn from this legendary cricket player.
1. Ability to Bounce Back
Throughout his decades in his cricket career, Sachin seems to be growing younger with age. Even at age 40, he can outrun his opponent like he was 20 years old on the field. Although Sachin has suffered many injuries such as back and wrist injury, he always makes a comeback and become even stronger.
Sachin’s spirit to bounce back and fight again is incredible even after so many years of being at the elite level and achieving almost everything a cricketer can. Perhaps, this is why Sachin is considered one of the greatest cricket players in history.
No matter what you face in life, choose to fight and bounce back without giving up. Quitting is easy, but the moment you choose to quit is the moment you lose everything you have poured in. Thus, continue strike back like how Sachin did it.
In fact, it is the obstacles and hurdles that make your journey worthwhile. If the path is too easy and if everyone can do it, nobody will be special anymore.
2. Work Hard, Learn and Improve
Over the years in his cricket career, Sachin has had many ups and downs in his performance. And there have been many times that some experts and publications wanted him to retire from the international cricket team, but Sachin did not respond much to their criticisms. He just continued to work hard, learn and improve as much as he can and prove his worth in the field.
Whenever he lost his form and the game, he never bashes the criticism in the public. Sachin chooses to work silently behind the scenes and then come back with blazing boundaries and sixes, tearing apart the strongest bowling line-ups in the world.
And you have to learn to be like Sachin. There is no need to waste your energy with the negative criticism in your life, all you need to do is to focus on what you do best and let the result speaks for itself. Always remember that actions speak louder than words. Hence, just work on learning and improving your craft and one day, your critics will be amazed by your work and accept your success.
3. Do What You Love
The reason Sachin Tendulkar is such a superb cricket player is he loves what he does. Like all other highly successful people, Sachin loves to play cricket and he has an intense passion for it that he is willing to sacrifice his time and pour in long hours into the game.
In the year 2010 at Roop Singh Stadium in India, Sachin scores the first double century in the history of cricket. He left the ground at 200 runs and remaining on the field. He opened the innings and faced 147 deliveries to achieve the impossible looking figure in the last 50 over innings. Although he was extremely tired, he felt satisfied, joyful and enthusiastic like a teenager with a smile on his face, fielding at the slip position.
And there is only one word that can describe Sachin’s love for cricket, passion. Without passion, you will never be able to perform at your best. And with passion, you will love doing the work and you are willing to sacrifice everything just to enjoy the work one more time.
This is the key to the success of every extraordinary person. Steve Jobs said it well, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
4. Be Committed and Play With Consistency
How do you think that Sachin is able to achieve all the amazing results in the world of cricket? Well, he did it consistently over time. There is no way Sachin can achieve those extraordinary results within one night. Success takes time.
Some people may argue that no doubt that Sachin is a great player, but anyone who has played for such a long time should be able to achieve his records. And that is exactly the point. Not many people are willing to pour in the consistent effort and enjoy the game for the long-term.
Extraordinary people are able to produce remarkable success in their lives because they are willing to do the work over the long-term like Sachin did. There is no way you can achieve big success in a short time. Sachin’s insane long career is a testament to his dedication to the game.
Therefore, do not hesitate to go the extra mile. Do whatever is necessary to make your dreams a reality. The longer you are in the game, the better you will be.
5. Evolve Through Adaptability
When things become a norm and comfortable, it will be difficult to change. This did not happen to Sachin. When Sachin suffered a back injury that threatened to end his career, he chose to change his style of playing even though his style has been very successful for a decade. He chose to play with a lighter bat rather than the heavy bat that he has used to.
It is true that he was not used to the lighter bat, but after some time, it became his normal form and he raised and became the best cricket player again.
Many companies and businesses go out of business because of their failure to evolve and adapt to the changing market conditions. If you want to be successful in what you do, you must learn this lesson from Sachin and evolve through adaptability.