As the cricket world is rocked by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s final retirement announcement on August 15, 2020, we at The Entrepreneur took a walk down memory lane with this sporting great.

In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.

 

1. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger

Failure isn’t the be-all and end-all of your entrepreneurial career. Learn from your failures or mistakes and know that you live to succeed another day.

 

2. You die, you die. You don’t see which is the better way to die.

This was Dhoni’s response when asked which loss was harder to face. As an Entrepreneur, failures, ups and downs are a part and parcel of growth – so don’t dwell on past failures, or what could have been had you had done something differently. Pick yourself up and keep going.

 

3. I don’t mind repeating everything.

This was Dhoni’s response to the question of what he had left to do after winning the 2011 World Cup, 2010 IPL and 2007 T20. For an Entrepreneur, the process is very important. So don’t be afraid to plan, implement and keep using a winning strategy, once found.

 

4. When people say “he’s in the form”, nobody has seen the form. It’s a state of mind where you are confident and you think very positively, and everything you think about is achievable. It’s about how you treat the mind.

Your biggest enemy is your mind. Entrepreneurs need to remember that – as much as we feel it’s us against the rest of the world, in fact, it’s actually the insecurities and little doubts that we replay in our minds that can affect us the most. So keep that confidence, and believe in yourself and your brand.

 

5. I want people to remember me as a good person, not a good cricketer.

A quote we hope that most Entrepreneurs will take with them and implement throughout their journey. Success comes with time and development, but being a good person can start now. For an entrepreneur, it’s important to practice discipline, kindness, ethical business.

Ianthe Yatawatte Raj

Ianthe is a graduate in Public Relations from the University of West London and currently heads Strategic Marketing as a Director at Quire (Pvt) Ltd (Sri Lanka)

Clayton Durant

Ianthe Yatawatte Raj

Ianthe is a graduate in Public Relations from the University of West London and currently heads Strategic Marketing as a Director at Quire (Pvt) Ltd (Sri Lanka)

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