Golden shades of yellow

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Its been a good sporting day for the Aussies.

The Wallabies rugby team beat South Africa pretty comprehensively. Then, Cadel Evans powered his way into the leaders yellow jersey (and near certain overall victory) in the Tour de France.

Leaving aside my excitement at both events, it occurred to me that there were similarities in these success stories.

Both were realised on the basis of specific strengths – areas where they were naturally superior to their opponents. For the rugby team this was their flair in the back division; for Cadel it was his ability to time trial.

There was another key aspect too – they had improved in their weaker areas, allowing a platform to be established that enabled their victories. In rugby, the scrum performed much better than its been of late; for Cadel, he improved his control, awareness and leadership in the previous stages of the Tour.

But the most intriguing aspect of their success, lies in the nature of their strengths. They didn’t simply rely on their natural superiority; they pushed themselves in these areas. Cadel rode the time trial of this life, not only better than his rivals, but coming second on the stage – exceeding expectations. For the rugby team, they increased the intricacy of their moves and the speed of foot, hand and thought.

So, for me, the big lesson here is to identify and work on both your weaknesses and your strengths.

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