He is an everyday man who went on to be popularly known as the ‘Captain Cool’ is none other than our very own Mahendra Singh Dhoni or simply known as Dhoni. This says that always dream big. His journey marks from being a simple small-town boy to the man who led a team to victory in the T-20 World Cup. Aim Higher, Work Harder!
Start of the career!
There was once a time when the Indian Cricket Team was simply filled with the city kids. Due to excellent infrastructure and good scope for the game in cities, many small-town boys would not succeed in defeating them in the Ranji Trophy. But this man proved it all wrong. MSD had seen a dream, which many feared to see. Follow your passion.
Hailing from a very small town of Ranchi, Dhoni dared to dream and with courage and guts make that dream a reality. Since a very young age, he idolized Sachin Tendulkar who is known as the God of Cricket and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. He started his career as a Ticket Collector in Indian Railways. His hard work and never-give-up spirit finally landed him in International Cricket in 2003.
Journey to success!
Dhoni was not only known for his cricket but was also very popular for his lengthy wavy hair style. In fact, it had then become a trend that every boy in the country now wanted to adorn the “Dhoni Hairstyle”. Well, these are just some co-incident trends that media makes up, however, I still learnt my lesson here. No matter what, make your own trends, and live by those.
Dhoni started making rounds for his cool and calm attitude – something we all and definitely I aspire to emulate. We would find him with a smile even in the toughest of games. This calm attitude of his landed him as the Captain of the team. I learn from that in times of crisis, we should always stay calm. Crisis Management.
In 2007, he led the team a whopping victory in ICC T-20 World Cup. He continues to inspire the younger generation with his brilliant captaincy, and out of the box thinking. The movie ‘Dhoni – The Untold Story’, is Bollywood’s tribute to his genius, played by one of my favorite, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
So Why Dhoni for me?
1. Calmness : We always talk about staying calm under pressure and keep on preaching it, but it is easier said that done. But for Dhoni, pressure situation is just like another day in the office. In our life also, we encounter numerous pressure situations and the only thing that matters is how we react to such situations.
2. Process Oriented Approach: MSD has always said that the process is greater than the event. He always believes that if the process is done wholeheartedly and with the right intent, then the results will fall into place one or the other day. Following the same, I also focus on doing my work the best possible way, and not worry about outcomes.
3. Staying Grounded: I believe in never flying too high, such that it hits hard when you fall down. Dhoni won fame and money at an early stage in his career but he was, and still is, humble and modest. One should learn to acknowledge the success, accept failures and bounce back.
4. Sharing the success: I have learned teamwork from him as well. No victory is only our victory. Maybe our manager, our peers, or parents- someone or the others lies behind it. You'll never find MSD take the credit for the team's victory. Be it in the interviews, post-match presentations or press conferences, he never boasts about himself, rather he talks about the team effort. There are multiple instances on the Xpert app, that can be found to substantiate this.
5. Competitor respect: In a sport as in business or any other field, you know you have achieved a milestone when your opponents take you seriously and allow themselves to show a degree of respect to you. Dhoni has made that happen by his consistent, calm
I fail, get up, work harder- because as Dhoni says, what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
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