My heart stopped beating normally before the penultimate over of Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Gujarat Lions Qualifier match. Like millions of SRH fans I was awestuck with the dismal performance of the batsmen throughout the innings and was hoping for a miracle which indeed had come. As soon as the result sunk in, some people started calling it luck while others attributing it to the tenacious nature of the captain. Irrespective of the debate, the result was SRH emerged victorious from the jaws of defeat.
Tenacious, true to its Latin antecedent tenax, an adjective meaning “tending to hold fast” is used in a positive note to describe people who are very determined and don’t give up on things easily. Fortunes fluctuate in a split second in games and being tenacious coupled with analytical acumen brings a new dimension to the battles. It is the same reason some people go against the herd to emerge successful when everyone around them do things in a socially acceptable way.
Edison, famous for inventing electric bulb, actually went through over thousands of prototypes before getting it right. He had the following words on why he was persistent and tenacious before finalizing on the right one “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work”. The best example for being tenacious can be learnt from life of Abraham Lincoln.
Even though politics is not my cup of tea, I could not stop myself from quoting an example on how someone who was ridiculed as a joker and trouble seeker turned the tables and emerged successful. Yes, I am talking about, K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), current chief minister of Telangana, who was famous for starting separate state agitation and successfully rallying people behind his single most objective. Keeping aside many of his fallacies, the single most factor contributing to his success was being tenacious in his approach to achieve statehood.
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Just like the way sword has two edges, if someone tries to be tenacious without logic and ground reality then it is expected to bring the severest misfortune. Stock market is a place which tests your patience and psychology. There were many instances where people lost their fortunes because of hanging on to investments irrespective of change in market dynamics and ground realities. Nokia lost its smartphone battle to Samsung when the later started introducing slim models while Nokia struck with the bulky ones. Being tenacious should always be coupled with ground realities aka common sense to make the most out of a situation.
Coming to David Warner, he definitely provided us the glimpse of tenacious nature which the Australians are famous for. Are we ready to embrace it for a positive cause?