The Habit of Winning
Prakash Iyer is an author, motivational speaker, and leadership coach who is a best-seller.
Prakash began his career with Hindustan Unilever Limited and later became Kimberly-Clark Lever’s Managing Director and, before that, Infomedia India Limited’s Managing Director and CEO; He handled PepsiCo’s leadership positions and flew around to deal with foreign operations.
Prakash, an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, is passionate about cricket and individuals and talks about inspiration, leadership, teamwork, and winning. In 2011 Penguin published his first book entitled The Habit of Winning.
His first book titled The Habit of Winning was published by Penguin in 2011, which is what we are going to talk about.
The Habit of Winning is a self-help/motivational book. What sets it apart from other such books is the way Mr. Iyer gives lessons and tips, with the aid of stories.
What is your white rabbit?
We can all reach success but we are held back by our self-limiting beliefs. we blame our childhood, background, education, etc. We find our own rabbits. Our limit ourselves by the favorite excuse for not doing things.
Climbing the Mountain
You should have your own mountains to climb, goals to reach, and the potential to fulfill & meaning to life. When you decide to go after your life’s purpose you start taking responsibility and actions.
Lesson: the best mountain to climbing equipment is little of use if you don’t have a mountain to climb.
Don’t change your rabbit
There are many opportunities to catch, many companies to launch, just one thing to concentrate on. And if you do not succeed, change your methods and strategies but do not change your objectives.
Focus and persistence are key ingredients for success.
Lesson: Identify rabbits you want to catch and focus only on that one. If you try and catch them all, you may end up with none. If the rabbit proves elusive change your tactics but doesn’t change the rabbit.
Break your mental barrier
Lesson: If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you are right!
The Chinese Bamboo
We need to stop and think like a bamboo tree. Patience has its own rewards. Nothing happens overnight.
Every achievement is a result of years of struggle, efforts, and hard work. Next time when you think to give up because of not getting results, think of a bamboo tree.
Lesson: Patience has its rewards. nothing of substance happens in a jiffy.
Power of Positive Expectations
When we expect our team to deliver good results at work, we get that. In reality, when we tell a child that he’s bad in academics, he does the same thing. Expect positive things out of your life, and you’ll get them.
Lesson: Expect more, get more. Expect failure. And get that too.
Begin. And End. Nothing Else Matters
Here is an excerpt from the book:
“Aoccrdnig to a rseearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are. The olny iprmoatnt tihng
is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”
The same applies to succeed in life. Getting started is key. People wait for the right time to come and it almost never does. Unfinished tasks are the biggest problem in companies. If you have a dream to start anything then start now, put your efforts now.
Lesson: Two keys to success- get started and learn to finish. The rest is, well, commentary.
These lessons have been weaved into these short stories, which make it very unique and fun to read. Mr. Iyer has very beautifully described these stories, and the lessons we get are simple, yet so important. Overall, this book is a must-read!