One learns more in failure than success: Shane Watson at BW Dialogue

Ace Australian cricketer Shane Watson spoke about his learnings from cricket, which could be applied in the corporate world, in a candid conversation with Dr Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and exchange4media Group

by Ruhail Amin
Published - Aug 2, 2018 8:57 AM Updated: Aug 2, 2018 8:57 AM

At the recent BW Dialogue, ace Australian cricketer Shane Watson spoke about his learnings from the world of cricket, which could also be applied in the corporate world. Watson was in a candid conversation with Dr Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and exchange4media Group.

Speaking about the importance of comebacks despite challenging times, Watson said, “I have had a burning desire to be as best as I can be. When I kept having regular injuries, I realised that one has to go through challenges and I believe that everything happens for a reason and one has to always look for the positive in it.”

He also owns a cricketing academy, enabling the grooming of new talent.
When asked about the three biggest learnings from his cricketing career, Watson said, “I used to be transfixed about the outcome and it affected my performance. Finally I realised that one has to give in one’s best but the results cannot be controlled. Secondly, it is important to effectively use the down-times since one tends to learn more from failure than from success. And finally, it is important to trust your gut instinct as it is a powerful thing to tap into.”

There have been few international cricketers who have had a brush with Bollywood, Australian fast bowler Bret Lee being one of them. So does Watson see himself being part of any Bollywood project? “You have to have full focus if you want to be the best. I cannot do anything by half measures, whatever I do, I do to the best of my ability,” said Watson, implying that he has no such plans.

Watson also spoke about the importance of nurturing sports talent, which leads to the making of world class sports icons, describing India as a great talent hub for sports.

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