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‘I can control who I am as a person; I cannot control my results on the field’The message in this story aligns very nicely with something international cricketer Sachin Tendulkar once said to me, that ‘who I am as a person, my nature, is permanent. My results on the field are temporary – they will go up and go down. It’s more important that I’m consistent as a person: this I can control, my results I cannot’. He added that, ‘people will criticise me for my results, and will soon forget them, but they will always remember the impact I have on them as a person. This will last forever.’Both make good cases for the value of personal mastery as a vehicle that strongly underpins and drives professional mastery to great heights of success: not only taking these players to those heights, but sustaining them at these levels for long periods of time, 23 years of international cricket in Sachin’s case.
Your taskSachin Tendulkar said, ‘who I am as a person, my nature, is permanent. My results on the field are temporary – they will go up and go down. It’s more important that I’m consistent as a person: this I can control, my results I cannot.’Reflect on Sachin Tendulkar’s statement in relation to leadership and explain why you agree or disagree with it.What does your response mean for you in your own personal and/or professional life?Read through some of your peers’ responses and ask a question or make a comment that encourage another person to elaborate on a point they’ve made. If someone has commented on your response, respond accordingly as a means of furthering the conversation.
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