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If you look into the past history of all the mega sports events and world championships, you would be surprised to know that the teams or individuals who won and lost the championship titles had very less difference in terms of performance. However, the rewards for the champions were manifold.
I once saw an image of Usain Bolt crossing the finish line in the 100-metre final of the 2013 IAAF World Championship in Moscow, Russia along with other runners. The statistics reflected that Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.77 seconds, Justin Gatlin finished second with a time of 9.85 seconds while Nesta Carter finished third with 9.95 seconds. Bolt was tagged as Sprint King.
The rewards Bolt received were almost 10 times more than the sprinters who came in second and third. Is Bolt 10 times faster than the person who came in second? Did Bolt practice 10 times more than the others? The answers are both ''no.'' Does Bolt have 10 times better physique and strength than the other two? The answer is still ''no.'' Bolt was just a fraction of a second better than his competition and yet he was declared the Sprint King.
Be it a sportsman, a professional or an organisation, one does not need to be 10 times better than his competition. One only needs to be fractionally better. Evaluate your own competition in the field to help you understand what makes you unique, what you want and where you want to be.
The strategy is to stay focused and keep on making improvements on a consistent basis irrespective of how small they may seem to be. Become the best you possibly can to get that extra margin ahead of the competition and be a champion in your own area of expertise.
Make the self-commitment to be slightly better than the rest today.
• Turn off distractions and commit to perfecting your skills
• Maintain a competitive edge by knowing your competition
• Allocate time and energy in understanding your strengths
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company