July 15, 2013

Lessons for a father - The Good, Really Good and Consistently Good

It is not often that we see something really good happen before our eyes and not pause. I know I did, this week. 

The lesson, this week, came from another kid (not my usual teacher). His name is Ashton Agar and he represents, the country of Australia in the sport of Cricket.

Piyoosh Rai uses the image of Ashton Agar
Courtesy: www.theaustralian.com.au
We are talking about the Ashes. Not just any other Cricket series, but the Ashes, and this 19 year old shows up and batters records on his first outing as a batsman.That makes news. That is a good day in his career and for the annals of the gentleman's game. A team and a country rejoice. Those who stand in the opposition are surprised but still witness something magnificent. With a team full of world-class batsmen, Ashton Agar took an opportunity and almost single-handedly flipped a very bad situation upside down.

The difference, as he proved this week, between those that are good, no matter what their vocation is, and those deemed very good is that the latter almost always up their game when needed most. They deliver when the proverbial chips are down.

Given a choice almost all of us would tend to prefer the "very good" in our team. Correct? Sure. But what if we had another set of people thrown into the fray. Let us call them the consistently good. These are the kind that day after day and innings after innings (Cricket reference) do what needs to be done. They come in, understand the situation at hand, and in a very understated way do what they do best. More often than not their actions lead to success for the team and they are able to create a scenario where "exceptional" takes the form of the "expected".

The Clarkes, the Dhonis, the Amlas or the Ajmals (at least in Cricket) represent consistency. Their reliability, backed by historical and regular evidence, has made people believe that their presence in the team and on the field will lead to their respective team winning on any day. That is, obviously, not always the case, but their consistent performances have given them unwavering support and trust from their teams and from their followers around the world.

Mr. Agar had a good day. Some would argue and even call it a great day. He would, in all earnest, make a very good professional cricketer. He is undoubtedly really good. Let us all hope that he becomes a consistent performer for his country one day.

Yes, I would love to have a team of really good people. If, however, I had the option, I would always go for the ones that are consistently good.

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