Some of my heroes and what they stood for
Here are my heroes and what they stood for
Steve Jobs – Innovation and Creativity
I have read the Steve Jobs biography more times than I can remember and was blown away by his accomplishments. When we think of Steve Jobs we are reminded of two things Innovation and creativity. He has joined the league of Einstein, Edison and has made a dent in the universe. He has forever changed the way things are done. He also displayed remarkable resilience to come back after being fired from the company he founded. We have to salute him for his passion. I like his quote “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your hear and intuition.”
Rahul Dravid- Temperament, Discipline, Determination
Brian Lara once said if he wanted someone to bat for his life it has to be Rahul Dravid. He is the epitome of humility and has never let success get to his head. Some of the remarkable things about him he played more than 90 consecutive test matches since his debut without being dropped. He had to miss a match only due to being sick and later in his career a couple because he was injured. He has played a major role in all of India’s victories abroad. He changed his game in One day cricket too and recently has been a success in IPL as well. He treats success and failure with a monk like attitude which is an incredible trait to possess.
Stefan Edberg – Class, Elegance and Sportsmanship
Edberg was my childhood hero. I can’t forget the 1990 Wimbledon final where he beat Boris Becker in 5 sets and I was absolutely overjoyed. Those were the serve and volley days. Edberg was the ultimate sportsman. He won the Fair play award five times and in 1996 the award was named after him. He also had grit because initially he was finding it tough to win at the US open but he won it two times in 1991 and 1992 overcoming great odds in 1992 winning there five set games in a row. Only regret as a fan is his 1989 loss to Michael Chang at the French Open which could have made him one of the few to win all four.
Kamal Haasan – Dedication to one’s craft
Kamal Haasan is one of the most decorated actors of Indian cinema. It goes without saying that he is one of the best actors of all time. The admirable quality he possesses is the ability to bounce back after failure. He has had his fair share of failures but that never seems to stop him from bouncing back in fact it only seems to increase his resolve to do better. Hey Ram was a great movie but it failed at the box office. Anyone would take time to recover but he immediately made Thenali which was a super hit so failure is the high road to success and he is a great example of staying dedicated to his craft and honing his skills.
Stephen Covey –Principle Centered Living
He is one of my favorite authors. His book Seven Habits of Highly Effective people can be used by anyone from any walk of life and it can be applied universally. He teaches principles and more importantly concentrates his teaching on character rather than personality. There are many books about becoming wealthy but in none of his books did I see him mention wealth. His teachings are always centered on principles and that’s admirable.
Napoleon Hill – Master of Success Literature
If there is one book that has transformed millions of lives it is his Think and Grow Rich classic. It is still selling well and is one of the best books on success. It can be applied universally because he has based it on his study of over 20 years observing the most successful people. It is a must read and he has surely inspired many with his writing.
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