‘I need to blame myself’: MS Dhoni

Former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always created headlines for his splendid performances and leading Team India to clear-cut victories. Under his captaincy, the team not only won the T-20 World Cup in 2007 but also the 2011 Cricket World Cup. So when he retired from captaincy recently, naturally many tears were shed and cricket-lovers took to social media to express their admiration for Captain Cool (as he is lovingly called).

Throughout his career, Dhoni has set an example for all and there are a number of things that one can learn from him professionally. This holds true especially for the young start-up owners and budding entrepreneurs out there.

With an air of dignity, Dhoni was a true leader who never lost his calm even during the toughest of times. Not to forget his memorable replies to the media when asked about his performance which can teach a thing or two to any focussed professional. Let’s take a look at some of his quotes and what they can teach us.

Till the full stop doesn’t come, the sentence isn’t complete.

You are a failure only when you quit working on your dream. If you keep trying, there is always a way to succeed.

 When you die, you die. You don’t think which is a better way to die.

There is no best way of going down in business. If it happens, so be it. Shed a few tears, forget it all and remember that the only way out is by rising up.

It’s like having 100 kgs put over you. After that, even if you put a mountain, it won’t make a difference.

One performs best while under pressure. The more responsibilities you have, the better output you produce.

I don’t mind repeating everything.

There may be times when dullness sets in at work. But you must fill yourself with positive thoughts and not get bogged down by the repetitiveness of it.

I believe in giving more than 100 per cent on the field and I don’t really worry about the result. If there’s great commitment on the field, that’s victory for me.

This echoes the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, which says do your duty without desiring the fruits of hard work. If you give it your all, you will definitely be rewarded.

I need to blame myself. I am the leader of the side. I am the main culprit. So of course, I blame myself.  

This quote is the marking of a good leader, who takes the blame when the going gets tough.

I focus on cricket because it’s something I am good at.

If you are truly passionate about what you do, everything else will work in your favour.

If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself; you don’t really know what the target is.
It’s very important to have a clear goal in your mind. When the mind sets itself to achieve something, it also comes up with ways to do so.

It’s important to build good partnerships rather than score centuries. Once you have those partnerships, you will also get centuries. 

The relationships that you form along the way are as important as your goals. So be sure not to take them for granted.


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