Monday, April 21, 2008

Anticipation - Key to Success Part I

I am coming up with examples of why Anticipation is the key to success. In this multi-part series, I am trying to come up with analysis of various examples that I come across which emphasize the point that the better you anticipate, the more successful you get. Of course this sounds like a no-brainer but it is interesting to observe how this appears in our "regular" life!

1. Star Wars Episode I - Over the past few weeks, the Star War movies have come back to life on TV and so I was catching up on them. In this classic movie, Qui-Gon Jinn says the following about Anakin Skywalker's Podracing skills "He seems to be able to see into the future. That is why he is the only human who can Podrace." And this statement got me thinking! What the Jedi Knights posses is strong anticipation.

Of course we know that nobody can "see" the future. But the closest you can get to it is by anticipating based on the present situation and past experiences.

2. Cricket - When you first start playing as a batsman, you tend to start off with reacting to what the bowler is bowling at you. So you are in the reaction mode, and hence one step behind.

As your experience grows, you start paying attention to the grip of the bowler to try and anticipate the movement of the ball. This increases the amount of time you have to react to the ball.

But the cricket greats like Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara take it to the next level. They have already moved past the stage of paying attention to the grips and the other visible cues. They reach the ultimate stage where they can anticipate what the bowler is "thinking" and get it right most of the time. That is what propels them to greatness!

Coming soon are some observations from Stock Picking and American Football.

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