You’ve got to earn the right

I was watching some cricket over the summer holiday. Real cricket that is (test match cricket). Australia wasn’t performing very well (again) and the commentators were comparing the mental attitude, patience and application of the Indian batsmen who were far outperforming our Aussie batsmen.


Many of the Australian batsmen were getting off to good starts – making 10 or 20 runs before getting out. They seemed to be ok at getting through the early nerves but then strangely “throwing it away” shortly afterwards.


One commentator (I can’t be sure who it was, potentially Alan Border) lauded the Indian batsmen for their patience, and for being able to persist through the tougher batting conditions. Persisting through the tougher conditions then allowed them to make a lot of runs when the conditions improved.


“You have got to earn the right to bat in the good conditions. You can’t just expect conditions to be good all the time, but you earn the right to enjoy the good conditions by working hard and being patient in the poor conditions.

If you throw it away when the going gets tough, you won’t be around to enjoy it when things improve.

You’ve got to earn the right.”

This explanation really struck a chord with me. It is applicable to so many areas of life, but particularly in our careers.


We meet with so many candidates who are looking to leave their current role because things are getting tough. The real problem here is that so many of our clients are now ranking resilience as one of the key attributes that they are looking for. For some it’s become more important than anything else.


On a personal level working through some tougher times have turned out to be the most rewarding.

If you are facing some challenges or uphill battles in 2019 I’d encourage you to work through them patiently, you’ll earn the right to enjoy the fruit of your labour.


James Witcombe

The Candidate Coach

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