My inspiration for this blog came from a video clip of Harsha Bhogle’s talk at IIM (Ahmedabad). Bhogle is a well known sports commentator who also happens to be an alumnus of IIM(A). The essence of Bhogle’s clip, for me, was that beyond a point, talent can be a liability, as it breeds complacency and arrogance and also that in a given peer group, all people are equally talented and what can make a difference is your work ethic, application and attitude. So true, yet so often we don’t internalize this. Especially in India, where we so glamourize talent and under emphasize the importance of practice, diligence, discipline and thus the right attitude.
We have so many examples around us that we never cease to talk about- Tendulkar – who has shown such application and dedication (given his talent) of course, but how often do we discuss that aspect? Likewise, take the new national hero- Saina- it is not talent that won her the CWG gold, but her grit, determination and great attitude that saw her turnaround a match from the jaws of defeat. It is the same attitude that is making her (at least for now) stay away from the lure of ad money. Likewise, the Infosys team led by Mr Narayana Murthy- showed tremendous attitude to stay and make it happen at a time when the business climate was difficult, and offshoring was an alien concept- why else, have we not had more success stories like Infosys- surely India has many, many more talented people than the co-founders of Infosys. And thus, one can quote more and more examples.
The bottom-line however is how well we apply it to our own walks of life. Personally, I am a great believer in the importance of attitude and so the clip resonated so well with me.
In fact, I think the leverage that we would get if only all of us with the talent inculcated the right discipline and attitude is unimaginable. What do you think?