Monday, September 16, 2013

The Effect of Success and Failure

Cricket. The whole of India is gung-ho about this sport. I have never been, except listening to the scores occasionally by chance. A couple of weeks back, I was with a small crowd cheering a group of my friends who were playing cricket. I do not know anything about this game. So this post is not about the game. Instead this is about what happened after the game.

After the game, everyone targetted a person who scored a duck. Everyone was teasing him to the point he exclaimed in desperation. "I took 4 wickets. Nobody is talking about it. I miscalculated and got out. You guys are only talking about this part. Why are you ignoring my achievements?". I silently agreed with him.

Call it déjà vu. A couple of days later, I heard a similar statement from another friend. It was not about cricket this time but about work. At work, my friend had implemented many positive changes. But the only thing that gets highlighted is the bad things like the customer escalations!

To think about it, isn't it true? The coldness of failure last longer than warmth of success.

Tags: Musings,Cricket,Success,Failure,Work

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10 comments:

  1. Rightly said. The mistakes you do weigh four times more than the good things.

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  2. Where is the difference between an average achievement, which is your job and deserve no special treats, and a good achievement, good enough to be remembered?
    This is probably one the reason of the permanent spamming at work: hoping that among the mass, something good will emerge :-)

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    1. You have a point. You are saying what matters is when you achieve something beyond the normal. Normal shouldn't be applauded. I agree.

      Taking a diversion from the main topic, when the mood is down, even the small victories should be celebrated. It helps.

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  3. I guess you pointed out a valid point ! it has been observed that people criticize you more then appreciate ! reasons can be many depending upon the situation !

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    1. We all need to go slow on the criticism if we want to groom people to take bigger roles. :)

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  4. Many a time it is because of our attitude to see only the bad in others. This occurs because of our innate nature of feeling superior to others.

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    1. Also if people do something good, we expect it as a matter of fact too.

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