Originally posted on LinkedIn about 6 months ago
Having moved to Bangalore about two quarters back, I have been the recipient of friendly weather as compared to Noida where it is jittery cold for 6 months and hot as hell the other 6 months of the year. Unlike my usual lazy self, I have pushed myself to get back to playing the sport I am most passionate about – Football.
Yes it did help me to keep myself fit and my mind sharp, however what I did not realize was that I would one day draw parallels between the way I play and the work I do. Here are 5 changes in attitude at work brought out as a direct result of playing football. I hope this serves as motivation for you to take up fitness more seriously as well as work in a better manner.
1. Be the bumble bee!
Playing at the central midfield position, I came to realize that the toughest route to score a goal was to go through. In most instances, it is alright.. and required, to float about the field and string a few passes with team mates before that final pass becomes viable.
At work, being from an engineering background and having trained to ace in math, it is natural for us to think of solutions as either right or wrong. However it makes more sense to float around the problem for more time and work with different teams to overcome difficulties and obtain your final goal.
2. Someone has to be keeper!
It is true. We all want to score goals. However no one wants to save them! It takes guts to stand between those poles knowing that you could potentially make a fool of yourself any second. But hey, someone has to be keeper!
Likewise, I have never been comfortable with understanding the mechanics of coding. Looking at a page source or a code flow would have me want to fake a faint or run for cover. However I have been the fool on the field many times in recent past. So with that knowledge I tried to solve a pertinent issue along with some developers. The output turned out to be the most significant win for me during this quarter… I struck (Fool’s) gold! (Hey, increasing the supply levels for your country by 20% within a day is no joke!)
3. You win as a team…. Period!
I could try taking 10 opponents on and score the goal. Christiano Ronaldo is still dreaming to achieve this feat…. So in theory that puts me on level terms with Christiano… Wow!
Truth being said, you win as a team. But you lose because you stayed individuals.
And engineers are my team too!!
4.Work gets done if others run for you
I know this is pure evil, but hey…. works! Trust me.
5. Work your socks off… and please take time off to wash them.
It is important to cool off after every game. Maybe a couple of minutes to review how things went.. A word or two of how things could have been better… A fight or two about who was shoddy on that day. In the end, remember it is just a game and you came out stronger & wiser than when you began…
And finally.. please wash your dirty socks … get them fresh and go again.
Pssst….If you dint… Everyone would know!!!
If you are looking to join a club for casual/weekly football I highly recommend http://www.sporthood.in/.
Here is a link to their Facebook page – SportHoodSarjapur