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Positive Lessons From Claudio Ranieri's Success

Leicester's success in the Premier League has hogged the limelight recently but for me more interesting lessons can be learned from the story of their manager, Claudio Ranieri.

He has achieved his biggest success at the ripe age of 64. And he won the title after registering his biggest failure managing the Greek national team, which resulted in his sacking.

Also known as the Tinkerman at Chelsea for constantly changing his lineup, he led his team to the trophy by generally sticking with the same players this time.

He likes to remind everyone that he is still the same person that got sacked by Greece.

And on the day the title was decided when Chelsea drew with Tottenham, he went to have lunch with his mother in Italy not expecting to watch the match, only for the team owner to the arrange a plane for him to come back.

Talk about knowing what (or who) is more important.

Ranieri could have easily not got the Leicester job if he had performed reasonably well with Greece. But who woul…

Life is Tough For Some

In this era of young people carrying iPhones and Samsungs, it would be easy to forget that life is still very difficult for some people.

Last week, there was a hockey tournament in Club Aman which both my daughters were involved. In the team where my eldest daughter played, there was a girl who came to the competition with very little.

Since this was not an official school tournament, no allowance was given. By the end of the day, her father had only RM10 in his pocket, which he used to buy food for them to share. 

To make matters worse, they were just evicted from their home and had to move to another place recently.

Fortunately the team won third place and there was some prize money which was divided among the players. It was just a small amount but enough for the girl to give to the father to buy petrol for his bike.

The whole thing puts hockey into perspective. It puts our worries about poor revenues and weak economy into perspective. It puts life into perspective.

Here I am, worr…