Attitude!! How important-or-useless is for a person to have this virtue? I am often made to feel it is an under-valued quality to possess. World around us is obsessed with talent. If people were to describe their favorite sports person in 1 word – most people might say talent. Eg (Sachin Tendulkar – Talent). While that would be partially true, I believe it’s not the most correct choice of word.
What separated Tendulkar and Kambli? Kambli (as a kid) was ahead in Ramakant Achrekar’s school of junior cricketers. This talent had helped Kambli represent India at highest level. But when Courtney Walsh bounced him at Bombay in a test match, talent was not enough to answer the bouncer. He just did not know how to cross over this wall or even walk around it.
When Tendulkar took on a fierce Pakistan bowling attack (Akram, Waqar, Akhtar) in 2003 World Cup, was it his talent that enabled him do that? Did Akram/Waqar/Akhtar not have the talent to pick up his wicket or even contain him?
How does Roger Federer manage to serve an ace when he’s serving to stay in the match?
The answer is “attitude”. This quality is what separates good sports men and champions. The marriage between talent and attitude is a sure deadly combo. Every body at work may have almost same talent as you, so what is your USP?
I remember watching one of Harsha Bhogle’s talk. He mentioned in Australia when they are building an elite core team, they would not pick up people who have never failed. The reason is simple. If that person failed during an operation, will he have the attitude to bounce back?