Friday, March 26, 2021

The Many Life Lessons From Sports

This week a blog that has been a work in progress for some time but and still feels incomplete!! The many lessons that sports can teach us for life and vice-versa.  

You are only as good as your today’s performance. What you did yesterday does not count for much.

The higher you go the more intense the competition.

Coaches are very important. So is the ecosystem. Choose well.

Practicing hard is important. Rest is equally important.

Both technique and temperament are important. Both can be improved.

When performing at the highest level, tiny but improvements are a huge edge.

You will be lucky on some days, not always.

Setbacks are a part of the package.

How we handle ourselves in victory and defeat speaks volumes of our character.

Killer instinct is imp. So is respect for the competition.

Short cuts will take you ahead for some time, but will not take you far.

One needs to make sacrifices – social life, family time, work life balance – if one needs to operate at the highest level.

Part of the performance is art, part science.

Goals are important, having a plan to achieve those goals is equally imp.

More often than not, the margin between no 1, 2 and 3 is not very high.

It is important to give back more than what we gained from our coaches and the ecosystem.

The only competition is with yourself.

Records are meant to be broken.

Talent and hard work is an unbeatable combination.

Even In an individual sport, its always the team’s effort that matters.     

It is important to figure out what you are good at and then keep getting better at it.

Unpredictability is an integral part of the package. Both underdogs and favourites sometimes fail to live up to their reputations.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy, joyful and safe Holi, please feel free to add to the above list as per your observations and experiences.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Intelligence and Wisdom

God give me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Sharing a forward this time, source unknown. The subtle differences between intelligence and wisdom.

Intelligence leads to arguments.
Wisdom leads to settlements.

Intelligence is power of will.
Wisdom is power OVER  will.

Intelligence is heat, it burns.
Wisdom is warmth, it comforts.

Intelligence is pursuit of knowledge, it tires the seeker.
Wisdom is pursuit of truth, it inspires the seeker.

Intelligence is holding on.
Wisdom is letting go.

Intelligence leads you.
Wisdom guides you.

Intelligence knows everything.
Wisdom knows that there is still something to learn.

Intelligence always tries to prove his point.
Wisdom knows there really is no point.

Intelligence freely gives unsolicited advice.
Wisdom keeps his counsel until all options are considered.

Intelligence understands what is being said.
Wisdom understands what is left unsaid.

Intelligence speaks to say something.
Wisdom speaks when there is something to say.

Intelligence sees  everything as relative.
Wisdom sees everything as related.

Intelligence tries to control the mass flow.
Wisdom navigates the mass flow.

Intelligence preaches.
Wisdom reaches.

These days when phones are smart and devices are intelligent, being wise seems to be a good choice 🙂🙂