8 Life lessons from MSD

Its not the goodbye that hurts, but the flashbacks that follow. And the flashbacks will be felt so hard for the times to come.

8 Life learnings from your First Innings:

  1. You are a living example of what books on Management and Leadership teaches.
  2. You demonstrated a very important leadership lesson on being assertive without being arrogant.
  3. Over the years you showed how to take loss and success with same stride and pride On-Field and Off-Field.
  4. You taught us how to shift gears depending on the role one needs to play. From an excellent Individual Contributor (Best Wicketkeeper Batsman) to an authentic Leader (Most successful captain in the world.)
  5. During your stint as captain, you focused on the ‘The Greater Good’. Shifting from creating personal milestones to overall team’s performance.
  6. Leaders create leaders, you demonstrated that, by grooming future leaders in the team by being there, yet taking a back seat ensuring not to create a void post your exit.
  7. You lived up to the DNA of Cricket being a Gentlemen’s game. (Dhoni Review System – DRS)
  8. Lastly, your life journey is full of dedication, discipline and humbleness which is an inspiration to millions.

Your absence will still be felt as strongly as your towering presence.

Best of luck for ‘The Second Innings’.

MSD forever.

(Picture Credit: Excerpts from Team India celebrations on world cup win by Times Group.)

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Connecting dots backwards!

Just a phone call from my Science teacher brought back all the memories of participating in the science exhibitions during my school days. As Steve Jobs said, its all about connecting dots backwards, never thought back then the journey from a participant to the jury member in 18 years.

Thank you Bal Bhavan Public School, G.C.Lagan Marg, Mayur Vihar-II, Delhi for giving me this opportunity.

Proud of my beginnings.

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The Kiss of Life!

Friendship Day special!

This award-winning 1967 photo, taken by Rocco Morabito, was titled “The Kiss of Life.” It shows two electrical operators, Champion Randall and JD Thompson, on top of an electricity pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the low voltage lines at the top of the power pole. More than 4,000 volts entered Champion’s body and his heart was instantly stopped (an electric chair uses about 2,000 volts). His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and took a mouth-to-mouth breath. He was not able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, given the circumstances, but continued mouth-to-mouth breathing, keeping Champion’s lungs active until he felt a slight pulse, then unfastened the harness and descended with it on his shoulder. Thompson and other workers performed CPR on the floor at Champion, whose breathing and heart rate were gradually restored. Then the paramedics arrived and Champion’s recovery was complete. His partner had saved his life with what the picture looks like a kiss. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968.

There are friends who are not friends, and there are friends who are more than friends…

Forward courtesy Narayan Hanmantgad.

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