Saturday, November 30, 2019

Ideas from 'Dreamers and Unicorn' Podcast between Abhijit Bhaduri and Anita, Harsha Bhogle

One of the books that inspired me years back was 'The Medici Effect (What Elephants and Epidemics can Teach us about Innovation)'. In the book, the author argues that innovation occurs at the intersection of diverse industries, cultures, and disciplines. Of all the fields, I find the learnings at the intersection of world of hashtagsports and hashtagwork rather fascinating. I recently had a chance to go through the 'Dreamers and Unicorns' hashtagpodcast between Abhijit Bhaduri and Anitha,Harsha Bhogle. For those who follow Cricket know that Harsha Bhogle is truly the voice of the sport. Podcast link:

My Sketchnote Summary:

Notes from the Podcast:

On Philosophy of life:Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. (Image: person talking "it's hard to do a marathon", counter voice "atleast take the first step"

Strive to stay relevant. We updated our book in the spirit of staying relevant.
Whatever you learn comes in very useful later. No skill is unimportant. (Image:

Be Versatile:What allowed me to be versatile was that i was not the best in world.

If i had 10000 runs behind me, i would have become this pundit and wouldn't have needed to learn and I would have become limited.

You have got no choice but to me versatile to survive.

A dear in a jungle has got to be versatile otherwise it would be someone's meal.

Adaptability:Have an open mind and learn from anyone around you- be it your kids or your younger colleagues.

The day you think you have arrived is actually when your descent has begun. You might be the best player in the world but the format might change, Are you still willing to learn ?
There are always signals, are you willing to listen ?

On Careers:Every 10 years you got to do something different.

If you have decided to do something in career, you decide to be best at it because you are giving up too much to it to be otherwise.

No one ever gives 100% to their second career, which I think they should. If you carry your experience in the first career as a banner, then you struggle in your second profession.

On learning from Sports:Biggest thing you learn from Sports is that you will fail. Everybody fails. The Giants fail. Everyone fails more often they succeed. It's what you do when you fail that matters.

Sports person never makes excuses. Given the playing conditions, a sportsman knows how to make most out of it.
You have got to be prepared for everything that comes. Make most of what comes your way.

In careers, you must try everything you can because very few people know what they are good at. Agassi hated tennis till he became a slam champion.

Try everything you can. When you find what you are good at, attack it with vehemence.

Tiger Woods and Serena were lucky because they found their passion early and were good at it. Not everyone does it.
In business, it is important to to be adaptable to genre you belong to.

On Coaching...Just like you need different leaders for different situations, you need different coaches fir different situations. Gary Kirsten asked Sachin Tendulkar- what he needs in a coach, Sachin said "I need a friend."

Sometimes people don't know how good they are. You need somebody to tell you, egg you on.
Very few people know how good they are.

Even the most successful people go through the crisis of confidence. Remember, that's just a phase and the best always comes back from that phase. There's always a another day.

How do we see feedback- as a criticism or an attempt to improve you?

On nurturing Children:We should let children play team sport. Whether it becomes a career or not comes much later. Collaboration will be so important in the gig world.

Children discover how good they can be only if they have fun doing it. You can't take fun out of anything you do.

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