It has been a few months since India’s biggest sporting icon bid farewell. After a brief period of uncertainty, Indian cricket has moved on. In a country that has a habit of finding heroes, it has not taken long to find new ones. But then, like they say, there are sportsmen and then there is Sachin.
I’ve been involved with startups a fair bit –be it being early on at the Social Cops (www.socialcops.org) team or founding Just for Kicks (http://www.justforkicks.co.in/), and I’ve recently realized that some of the biggest startup lessons I’ve learnt have come from my childhood hero – Sachin.
On his 41st, I’d like to talk about the seven big lessons that everyone can learn from the little legend.
1) Get Hit, Fall Down, Keep Going.
Fourth Test, Sialkot, Pakistan, 1989: India had saved three tests against the great bowling attack of Pakistan. They were now in the green pitch of Sialkot. Waqar was breathing fire with India tottering at 38 for 4. A bouncer hits Sachin on the nose leaving him on the floor with blood spurting out. A sixteen year old Sachin playing his first ever series was not someone to give up so easily. He battled on with a bloodied nose scoring an unbeaten half century.
Start ups are a lot like this. The initial stages are not easy and success takes a long time in coming. There are going to be occasions when you will be clouded with doubt, when it will be hard to find those short wins and at all those times, it is just important to persist and believe.
2) Step out of your comfort zone
Hero Cup Semi Final, Ind vs South Africa, 1994.