The trait that made Ponting different from other cricketers was his sheer attitude towards the game. It was his never-say-die spirit. It’s a revelation of that attitude.
Someone once asked him the secret to his ability to find the gaps in the field. His answer was simple, yet revealing.
He said, “Every batsman surveys the field before taking strike, and usually the fielders get imprinted on his mind. They can almost see every fielder in their mind’s eye.
But in my head, I don’t see the fielders. I only see the gaps!”
And that as his tally of runs shows made all the difference.
We could all take a leaf out of Ponting’s book:-
Life in many ways is like a game of cricket. There will be fielders out there who will stop you from scoring those runs.
There will be an opposing captain who will try his hardest to place the fielders in a manner that will make it difficult for you to score those runs.
Your job is to find the gaps.
Next time, you see a problem or an obstacle, think the Ponting way. And see the gaps!
No matter what, success will be your’s!!!
It is after reading this book my life got transformed… It was during 2004 I got this book and finished reading it at one go…
My Situation: My company was in near disaster when 35 out of 40 of my staff resigned in less than 2 weeks..
That was the first time I came across an attrition and I was almost collapsed… I got convinced that my four year entrepreneur journey has come to an end..
It was after reading this book that I got the confidence to fight back… The book taught me how to approach failure… My entire perception about failure changed and I stared looking for opportunity and lessons from every failure…
The book talks about ways of turning setbacks to success and it is conveyed with 27 real life cases..
I keep reading this book when ever I feel demotivated… Till now I would have read this book more than 50 times and I keep gifting this book to entrepreneur friends…
A small snippet about Failure from the book;
Old Definition:A negative, fatal, and final result indicating:
New Definition: A short-term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides:
Finally I’ve to thank the author Charles Manz for giving us such a wonderful book.. Your book had huge impact on me SIR!!!
Thank You Once Again SIR!!!
My first venture Agriya;
This was a turning point not in my life but also for a bunch of friends and acquaintances who started their own ventures looking at the success of my first venture!!!
My second venture People Justice Magazine!!!
The venture failed as I was not full time into it!!! Also the team I formed didn’t connect with the vision I carried!!! I wanted to go digital during 2005 and the team collapsed for the same reason!!! Today it would have been a great if we have changed!!! Anyway the learnings and connects it gave me was stupendous!!! Also we were able to print magazines for 2 years!!!
My third venture Cogzidel Technologies!!!
Still running the Show!!! Not reached the heights I anticipated!!! But able to run so far and I’m ready to take a great leap!!
My third venture Cogzidel Consultancy Services!!!
Today this company is our identity in India!!! Almost every Startups in Chennai should be aware of CCS!!! In less than a year we got the business & operational knowledge and we are working on great things!!!
My fourth venture Movie Production!!!
The movie flopped miserably!!! But I wouldn’t consider it a loss as it was a crowd funded movie and the loss can be substantiated for the experience of being associated with the industry!!!
Also can’t call it a failure yet as I’m on a sabbatical and planning to venture back!! This time not as a producer but as a distributor!!!
But in every case I was not ready with Capital or Experience or Knowledge or Team or any other aspects… But as I perceived everything fell in line and things happened!!!
So, I’d tell anyone running behind SUCCESS to blindly believe in the quote!!
THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS TO START BEFORE YOU’RE READY!!!
A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.
A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment.
Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results…
I must be angry on myself as today has been an half baked day :(;
Now as a pessimist I can think this is not my day and sleep. As an optimist I can think it was a 50% successful day & one more day i can finish the balance 50% work and enjoy 100% success.
Since my blood group is B+ve I choose the second option of thinking like an optimist and end the day.