M S Dhoni is one of the most iconic captains of the Indian cricket team. He is the most successful Indian sportsmen that the world has ever seen. It is interesting to think that one time, whilst in school in Ranchi, he was more interested in football and badminton than in cricket. He was advised by his school’s coach to play cricket as well. While playing the sport, his exceptional performance in wicket keeping is what earned him an entry into a local cricket club, which led to being selected to the Bihar U-19 team and to the Assam team and subsequently to the India A team to Kenya for a tri-series tournament. A year later, he was selected to play in the ODI squad for the 2004/2005 Bangladesh tour. He has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sports honor given by the Indian government in 2008.
Such has been Dhoni’s unparalleled success; he won’t need an introduction even three generations later. Not yet retired from leading the Indian team, Bollywood has decided it’s already time to celebrate his achievements. And with very good reason: he’s delivered for India times more often than any other player, when it’s mattered most. He’s accomplished this by being fearless during the tough times, constantly strategising and in always being a strong leader for his team. Is any more required of a startup CEO? Perhaps not.
It would be difficult to explain and put into words how he has accomplished all of this, in a fairly short span of time. These seven quotes by Dhoni would probably be the best way to define his thought process and help today’s entrepreneurs in learning some important lessons to figure out their way ahead and leave their mark in the world.