Like most of you I’m sure, I have picked up, thumbed through and occasionally read a wide variety of self help and self improvement books. I’ve bought the Tony Robbins tapes (yes tapes, which shows how long they’ve been collecting dust) and I’ve watched TED Talks and other online videos that start the passions and get you thinking.
Recently I began corresponding with one of my childhood heroes, Sir Richard Hadlee. Sir Richard had kindly agreed to be interviewed for a project I have been working on, and in follow-up had sent me pictures of some memorabilia from his playing days and also from his father, the great Sir Walter Hadlee, captain of the 1949 New Zealand Cricket team that toured England. Amongst the pieces sent was a card Sir Richard had referred to for inspiration, providing phrases and focus words that got Sir Richard into playing mood - and boy could he play.
On the card Sir Richard had included the phrase “Believe - Confidence Breeds Success”.
As noted, Sir Richard was a hero of mine and just about every other schoolboy in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s. Just about every playground cricket match had boy after boy trying to bowl with the same fluently smooth action of Sir Richard.
My first test match was as a second former at Wesley Intermediate School, where our Assistant Principal and 1st XI Head Coach had allowed members of the cricket squad to attend the test versus Australia at Eden Park during school time; much to the frustration of my form teacher, no doubt. Watching Lillee, Marsh and Chappell compete on the hallowed turf of Eden Park, having seen them on TV in the Benson & Hedges One-Day finals in Australia only weeks before, was a boyhood dream come true. Watching Bruce Edgar put New Zealand into a competitive position over the first few days, and then sitting on the edge of the concrete terrace seat was a great introduction to test cricket, and fuelled my passion for the game to this day.
One of my fondest memories of that test was sitting alongside the boundary and grabbing empty juice or beer cans and bashing these against the wooden advertising hoardings, chanting Had-lee, bang-bang-bang, Had-lee, bang-bang-bang, Ooooooh; as the great man ran in to try and dislodge the all-star Australian batting line up. New Zealand went on to win that test to our elation, and I still remember getting Sir Richard’s signature, with the steely look of competition and confidence to be seen in his eye.
In business and in life, how many of us have the courage to believe fully in what we are doing, and to confidently pursue our dreams and reach success? Despite all the self-help books, I know this is something I struggle with occasionally, as I think most people do. Against the odds of being in a team of semi-professional players and with limited resources, Sir Richard’s belief in himself and his ability to compete and succeed spearheaded the New Zealand Cricket team of that era to a dominant position in world cricket.
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