During the 90s, when the scandals of cricket were still looming large under the ground, and blind craziness for the game was at its peak, I was another mesmerized guy who could afford to spend time on it for hours together.
And what else could least disturb our nerves than a India-Pak tie? Not even the public exams! I don’t remember doing group-studies but there was never a time we watched those games in solitude – we used to be another of those noisy cricket-cognizant citizens of Chennai getting together over biscuits, coffee, creative game plans & strategies, and what not.
While all the fun and flare is buried in memory now, what stands indelibly is a philosophy put across by one of my friends’ dad amidst such casual, small place discussions. He used to tell us, “Both are competent teams, but India plays not to get defeated, while Pakistan plays to win it.”
Well, there is no big logical revelation in that statement, but it sure meant a lot to me. There could be hell lot of self-help books on success, and interesting ways to illustrate it, but I kept it simple for myself through his statement – probably because it was easy for me to relate to it.
So, a successful person, according to me, is not someone who has necessarily achieved something, but one who plays to win. More to follow…