03/05/2016 marks a special day in the history of the Barclays Premier League. On this very day, an unknown team Leicester Football Club (F.C) were crowned champions. From the start of the season, Leicester odds of winning the BPL was 1-5000 and they were relegation contenders. Fast forward, they had overcome the odds and stunned the football world by doing the unthinkable. As I reflected on the BPL season, I begin to co-relate this whole episode of Leicester F.C winning the BPL to lessons that we can learn in life. Below are 5 lessons which I personally feel that you can learn from Leicester F.C.
1) Having a positive winning mentality
In life, having a positive winning mentality is very important. Half the battle is won in the mind. The moment you tell yourself that you are going to lose, you have lost it! The Leicester players believed in themselves, they were not concerned with the naysayers and all the criticism that they faced. They just kept their focus and kept on believing that they can be champions of England. In life, whenever you want to do something, there will always be people who will come and throw cold water over you. The critics will always be there. You will never be able to please everyone. Someone will always have something bad to say about you no matter how angelic you could be. Just ignore the critics and keep telling yourself that you can do it and go for it!
2) Always be ready to change your tactics
This season in particular I watched quite a number of Leicester games. To begin with, Claudio Ranieri uses a traditional 4-4-2 formation with their wingers running up and down to support the strikers. If you noticed for some of the games like against Man City and Chelsea, he soaked up the defence but yet allowing Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater to run around freely. For games against teams like Stoke who is quite rough in play but slow at the back, he plays a counter attack tika tika football style. I think it is very important to be fluid in life. You are never going to get different results by doing the same thing over and over the game. Be it in parenting, in running a business or in managing relationships, always get ready to change according to the season you are in.
3) Never look down on unknown people
Let me ask you, have you heard of Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy or Leonard Ulloa 2 years ago. I bet many of you have not. Even I never heard of them. Today, these people are heroes in English football. Jamie Vardy has even won an award. As a boss of an I.T company, I always tell myself, you need not hire the most talented people out there in the market. You can just get an average Joe out there but with the right attitude, the average can be molded to become an excellent. As long as the person is willing to learn and work hard, nothing is impossible. Sometimes you just need to take some risk and add unknown people to your team.
4) Always believe in your team (kids)
The last thing any child would want to feel from their bosses/parents is they are unworthy. As parents, we must always believe in our own kids. We should never compare them with other families. Once you start comparing, it will never end. It will always be, ah yah your son only in XXXX school ah, my son in the top school le.. see so smart, can even join the gifted program. Everyone is born unique, each of us have our own talents. Some are good in science, some in mathematics, while others in the area of arts. No matter what, we should believe that our kids will be champions. To me, my R will always be a champion in my eyes. I believed Claudio Ranieri believed in his team of underdogs. Hearing some of his press conferences shows that he encouraged and believe in the club and the players.
5) Celebrate your wins
The Leicester team gathered at Jamie Vardy’s place to watch the match between Chelsea and Tottenham. They wanted to have a crazy celebration as they believed that was THE MOMENT! In life, we should learn to celebrate wins. Celebration may not come in the form of a big party with x no of high ranking people coming to it. Sometimes a simple meal will do. For example, if your kid does well in school, go ahead to reward him with his favorite meal. If your team at work clinches an important deal, go have a celebration after work, treat them to a nice meal. Always remember, people are the one that will make or break you. It is not the policies or the rules and regulations. It is always about the relationships that you have. Building solid relationships is the key to longevity in life.
Once again, congrats to Leicester City from a Chelsea fan, you thoroughly deserved this!