Life Lessons from Sachin Tendulkar

People said – He was Don Bradman of our times. He named as The God of Cricket.

SACHIN IN ACTIONGreatest player of the cricket, he entertained the world from last 24 years with his powerful strokes and fairy tales like innings, but now time has came when the legend has decided to make way for some young talents. For me – cricket without Sachin is like watching a waterfall having no water. What will happen to city Agra, if you remove Taj from there? correct, people will have no charm in visiting the city. Same is with Sachin and cricket !

I have keen interest in cricket and watch almost all matches (if at home), but no doubt that interest level goes down every time after fall of a wicket – i.e. wicket of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. I can guarantee that this holds true for most of the Indian cricket fans.

He has played many magical innings, scored plethora of runs, Everest like records and countless milestones for his successors but his success and magical journey also gives a bunch of lessons for our life. Lessons for successful life – the major qualities which can be adopted in any part of our life to be successful. Lets see some of his characteristics and qualities which we should try to adopt:

Self Confidence : Such a long journey was not possible without confidence. I remember the semifinal match against South Africa in 1993, 6 run was required in 6 ball, a very easy task for any team. None of the regular bowlers were confident enough to bowl this last over, I still remember the long discussion between Azhar, Kapil, Jadeja and Srinath. Finally Sachin snatched the ball from hand of his captain and bowled the last over, just 3 runs were scored in that over and India registered a historic win. It was his self confidence which gave him courage to take the challenge where seasoned bowlers were not confident. No one can be successful without taking tough decisions and risks in his life, and such things happens only if you have confidence.

It’s All About Passion : It was his passion towards the game of cricket and representing his country which gave him fuel to play such a long cricketing career. We get bore in 4-5 years in same type of job and due to lack of passion we don’t try for excellence in our work.  The point I am making here is that to be successful you must have passion towards your job. You should not wake-up in the morning with depression and with only mission to complete the workday any how. If you love your job then you will always be passionate about the excellence in whatever you do.

Simplicity is key : There are many great sportsman in this world but one main characteristic which differentiate him from all other champions is his simplicity and humble nature. All his arch rivals too never forget to praise him for his humble nature and simplicity. This quality takes him to greatness. “The commitment he as shown all these years is incredible, the amazing fact is that he has been the same humble boy even after achieving so much” – Arjun Ranatunga.  Great people and leaders are always polite and humble.

Commitment : He really is the current generation’s most inspirational player. At age 40, he is playing Test cricket and it is still quite palpable. His commitment towards the game is amazing, in his words – “hard work, commitment key to earn respect from others”. He never miss practice sessions, always involved in the game at all levels and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something many players envy and admire. Commitment towards the work or relationship is the most important factor for success. Many people are talented but those who are committed towards the excellence, get the taste of success.

Self Discipline : Many talent came and gone in these 24 years but this star was shining and still shining. Self discipline in the field and out of the field helped Sachin in the smooth success ride of 24 years. Once former India captain Kapil Dev said that “it was discipline that separated Sachin Tendulkar from his childhood friend Vinod Kambli who did not success in international cricket like the former did.” Most of the people are not able to easily digest the success and they become undisciplined towards their responsibilities in their core work, society and goals…….this is most fatal for success.  Maintain self discipline in all part of your life, if want to succeed like Sachin. Remember, the tougher you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you.

Maintain concentration : His concentration during the innings was amazing and this quality helped him to play long innings, in developing different kind of strokes and making specific strategies against the each bowlers. If you want to do things exceptionally well then you have to master your concentration towards that job.

Set high, realistic goals : He was always having goals in his life which and strategy to achieve them. You may have talent but if you don’t know your goals and roadmap for it, then talent is going to be wasted for sure. Set goals in your life – what you want to achieve and what you want to be.

Focus on getting better, rather than being good : How he was able make so many records and still maintained the same passion as a newcomer? Just only because he has habit of making his good to better, and better has not limit. Always strive to improve your achievements.

Have grit : Having grit – the willingness to commit to the long term goals and persist, no matter how tough things may get. In this long journey, many a times Sachin suffered due to bad form or injuries but always emerged as a winner. Attitude is more important than talent in this world because the only person who can truly force you to stop trying is yourself.

Fitness is everything : Playing for such a long time without disciplined fitness was not possible and Sachin has mastered it. His fitness routines are precise and well-organized, with no room for error. He has constantly defied pundits on sports medicine, physios and even fitness experts. He has made huge comebacks every time he has been written off. If you are fit then you can’t do simple jobs, take care of your body and focus on your fitness. No one can help you if your body is not helping.

Respond through your work not by voice : I have never read any controversial statement from Sachin, even when people were criticising he opted to keep quite, but actually he allowed his work to respond. He always comeback with a bang ! with some historic innings. We can learn from him that if you have skills and talent then let your work to speak out for you more than your voice.

Find your true love : Most important, Sachin has found his love in cricket that’s why he was able to maintain this amount of passion, commitment, discipline and joy toward this game. So, first select the profession which you love then only you can show commitment & passion like Sachin.

There are countless things which we can learn from this legend, if you can derive some more then please write down the same in comment area given below !!!

Some famous quotation about Sachin :

1.“I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India” – Matthew Hayden
2. I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel! – Sir Donald Bradman
3. “We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)
4. “India me aap Prime Minister ko ek baar katghare me khada kar sakte hain. Par Sachin Tendulkar par ungli nahi utha Sakte.” – Navjot Singh Sidhu
5. Harder he works, the luckier he gets – Ian Chappell
6. I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player – Shane Warne
7. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect – Viv Richards on Sachin Tendulkar
8. Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives – BBC Sports, on Sachin Tendulkar
9. He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling – Richie Benaud
10. India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing – Sunil Gavaskar
11. “There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others” – Andy Flower
12. “Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world” – Allan Donald
13. “On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98.  The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!” – Peter Roebuck
14. Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal – Brian Lara
15. Sachin is the greatest role model I’ve ever met – Gary Kirsten


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5 Responses to Life Lessons from Sachin Tendulkar

  1. Saurabh says:

    There are many things can be learned from this legends…apart from cricket.
    thanks for integrating him to our life and hats off to this living legend

  2. Saurabh says:

    one more example of discipline : In Sydney test (2004), Sachin scored 248 not out, but you will be surprized to know that he didn’t played a single cover drive during this marathon inning – just because he was getting out in that area from few innings……………Incredible Discipline!

  3. We can learn ‘Consistency’ from Sachin!

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