In Praise of Humility

Sachin Tendulkar

“The Little Master” has announced his retirement. Every cricket follower – and countless other human beings who are not – are aware of his greatness as a sporting hero for India. I would say, as a sporting hero for the planet. Wisden and other almanacs should be left to recount Tendulkar’s statistics and make the case for him being, by far, the greatest batsman of the modern era. (Post, Bradman, that is.)

Not only has he been beyond peer at his craft, he has been a captain of his team, a great leader and mentor to hundreds and an idol to millions who have seen him as the absolute benchmark.

However, in an age where celebrity status is not well handled by the vast majority of celebrities, he stands out as a man who does not attract notoriety and is humble beyond comprehension. Why cannot all sports stars act like him? Why can’t all people act like him?

All of us are born with talents; some of those peoples’ talents are more obviously on show than others. But if everyone could attain his greatest talent – that of retaining their humility when it would be reasonable not to do so – then our world would be a far better place.

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What John Matthew believes about small business

That the owner has risked many things that others take for granted;

That there is no guaranteed income or reward for the considerable effort that is required;

That often, the family home is on the line to support the business and its constituents;

That there is a dignity and self-respect that is earned;

That entire communities would be better places if there was an increased appreciation and respect for small business.

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