5 Lessons Of Pacing Your Innings In A Company

“Kal subah match khelne chalna hai, 6 baje uth jana!”. Have you ever wondered why we never needed an alarm to wake up in morning when our friend used to tell this the previous day. My father was always shocked when I would wake up at 5:45 AM and wish him “Good Morning Papa”. He had all the reasons to be surprised. I mean the kid who never wakes up even 30 mins before his school-bus time at 7:45 AM is standing in front of him and wishing good morning!

Cricket is rightly said to be the religion in our country. And, it all makes sense as soon as we take that playing field, there is some kind of energy instilled in us.

“We have an important meeting tomorrow morning, please report at 6:OO AM”. Have you ever wondered why, instead of having multiple alarms, it’s hard to wake up in morning when our colleague tells this the previous day. I always get frustrated when my boss would call me late in the evening and ask me to report early next day. I mean here is a guy who is already slogging 10 hours a day and now, reporting early!

Work, if not what you want to do, is rightly said to be lackluster.

Continuing our last week’s theory of how finding passion in the work you do can increase your productivity, we explain how waking up early for a meeting at work can give you similar goose bumps as entering the cricket field. Here are 5 lessons we can learn from different types of batsman’s innings in a cricket match:

  1. Getting his eye in: When the batsman has just arrived at the crease, he prefers to get his eye in. Every day brings a new opportunity, a different challenge. Like a new batsman at crease, one should take time to get his/her eye in and understand the work culture even if they are a pro at what they do, after joining a new company.
  2. Cameo: There are times when you contribute in a very unique way. The quantity vs quality debate. The amount of time you work with the company can be short but the impact lasts forever! As we have seen many times, brilliant cameos in a cricket match ends up stealing the show.
  3. Duck: An unfortunate instance when a batsman gets out without scoring. No contribution with the bat at all. Disheartening it may feel, but, there are always chances of making a comeback. Like a fighting batsman making a comeback from a failure, we should never be disheartened if our stint with the company doesn’t last long. Like I said, every day brings a new opportunity.
  4. Anchoring: A batsman putting his hand up when the team needs him. He anchors the innings, for others to play around him. The legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly used to play the situation and let others do the talking. Like these legends, we should know how to pace our innings in the company. 

  5. Carrying Your Bat: These are rare occurrences. A batsman with the great calibre, patience and stamina will be able to achieve this feet. Life tenure at a company is a rare occurrence, but we should try to infuse this behavior from our cricketing idols. And, you know what happens when you stick the entire innings of a cricket match. Who can forget that brilliant knock from Sachin Tendulkar when the master got to his double century while carrying his bat throughout the innings.

Sachin made 200* while carrying his bat against South Africa


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