Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans

“There can be mystery in a win, but not in a loss.”

According to a recent Nikkei Asia article, my blog title is a quote attributed to a “well-known professional baseball coach”. I tried to find that name but I failed. That Nikkei Asia article is, however, not about sports but about politics (ie, the presidential election results in India).

In my view, my blog title is a universal truth in (all) areas like business, engineering, military, politics, sports, and technology. My blog title also explains why management books are about lessons learned (from failures) and seldom about how to win. Example (on the why):

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t is a management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.”

A quote from Wikipedia on the 2001 book mentioned above

About a decade ago, a field hockey coach mentioned his method (ie, how) for achieving success to me. In my view, his approach is a combination of the how and the why: (Talent x Discipline) / Ego = Output. After careful consideration, I added an element to the “mystery of winning”:

OUTPUT = ( Talent x Discipline x Positive thinking) / Ego 

Source: my 2014 blog

My formula contains 4 variables for each person on the team. Hence, the bigger the team, the more variables. Excellent coaches are able to perform such calculations. CEO’s are much more likely to replace such “calculations” by Machiavellian ruthlessness: the end justifies the means (Wiki).

Does my formula also apply to Love in Love, Knowledge & Power??

I suppose the answer is a Yes. Unfortunately, our talents might be limited. Moreover, our discipline isn’t great as we tend to assume that the grass is always greener on the other side). Our doubt and our fear seem to limit our positive thinking in love. Last but not least, our egos might be (too) big.

Hence, love is the biggest mystery of all.

Mystery (1986) by Anita Baker
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-album+song

Lonely spirits seem to whisper in the wind
It’s a silent song that’s never meant to be
Since the dawn of time, the mystery never ends
We could find forever if we let love rise again

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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