Talent May be Given but Success; You Have to Earn it
March 16, 2009
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Dr. Shailesh Thaker & Sachin Tendulkar


Homework has invisible advantages. Lack of homework may be the main reason for the failure of any business or success. Poorly prepared people and homework done poorly, cost you and produces half results or creates mediocre success. Most of the performance is half hearted. Remember, mediocre success is half failure.

Inadequate time can be a major factor for not preparing or doing homework but it costs you heavily at the time of performance and finally success suffers.

Homework will give you an opportunity to prove your talent. I firmly believe that it creates confidence in you before performance. So, at the time of actual performance, your confidence level is very high.

Why all the singers do practice everyday? Why most of the sports stars practice before a match? Why most of the talents prepare themselves before final performance? Why do people in defense march past everyday? Even no war has taken place in the last so many decades. But they value homework. Back home, Sachin Tendulkar, Roger, Ronaldo and Rahman are without doubt doing homework as a part of preparation.

As all of them have realized the importance of homework and preparation in the life, they continuously do their homework. Can you think of an artist who after performing for 40 years does his homework before final performance? YES! It is possible. Lata Mangeskar, melody singer of India, after performing non-stop for 50 years, is still doing her homework.

28TH American President W. T. Wilson (1856-1924) said once, “If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation. If fifteen minutes then three days, if half an hour then two days, and if an hour then I am ready just now. ”

Success is the place where homework and opportunity meets.

One day while rehearsing for the title role in Otello, the leading tenor in a certain American opera company complained about a particularly unusual stage direction. During a short break in the tenor part, he was expected to walk upstage and momentarily pause before returning downstage to continue singing.

The request, he declared, seemed absurd and difficult, particularly given the distance and minimal time involved. “But, it is the tradition of the role,” the director insisted. Tamagno started it.

Visiting Italy the following year, the tenor called upon the famed Francesco Tamagno seeking an explanation of the odd “tradition.” “Ah, it is very simple,” the master declared, his face brightening. “Note that in the final passage Otello must sing a high B-flat. So while the chorus was singing, I went upstage to spit!”

Homework creates room for performance. I believe that rooms create enormous scope for the performer to prove his talent to achieve success.

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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