Naga Chokkanathan

Why Not? — Good News, Bad News

Posted on: August 13, 2010

I am a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. Whenever he scores a century or more, next day morning the first website I open will be Google News. I will search for the word “Sachin” and read every article (usually more than 100!) every paragraph, every word written about his exceptional performance the previous day.

Okay. What if Sachin fails?

No prize for guessing. I avoid newspapers the next day. I just don’t want to read anything about Sachin’s failures. That’s it!

On a related note, recently I read an article about famous people’s sleeping habits. It had an interesting trivia about Napoleon Bonaparte.


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Napoleon was a light sleeper. Especially when he was in a battlefield, he slept very little and was always thinking, strategizing and discussing with his team members.

Sometimes, this made Napoleon less energized during the day. He would feel very tired and his body asked for a well deserved rest. In such situations, Napoleon used to take a 30 minutes nap – Nothing more, Nothing less, this simple trick used to energize him for next many hours.

Naturally, Napoleon didn’t want his counselors, generals and army men to disturb him during this power nap. However, there was one exception – Napoleon instructed his subordinates: ‘Don’t hesitate to wake me up, when there is a bad news!’

‘What if there is a good news?’

‘Don’t bother. Good news can wait. But I want to hear about the bad news / failure / mistakes as soon as possible, so that we can start thinking of corrective actions!’

No wonder, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar remembers every dismissal in his 20+ years’ career!



N. Chokkan …

13 08 2010


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