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What We Can Learn from Sachin Tendulkar about GMAT Prep

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the greatest International Cricket player at all times, holds the record for the most runs and also the most centuries in the game. These are some feats only the selected few can achieve. It requires motivation, focus, consistency, systematic preparation, and obsession with improving your skills. Another important aspect to achieve something is ‘Confidence.’ It is this unwavering belief in himself that helped Sachin achieve some of the staggering results that a batsman has ever seen. What made him different from other greats of the sports world was the ownership that he took for his game.

Let’s learn from Sachin about all the key aspects of getting a high score on the GMAT:

1. Motivation:
“Enjoy your game and chase your dreams, because dreams do come true….”

When Sachin said this, he was replying back to a fan’s question about how Sachin achieves his goals. But, what he replied is true not only for Cricket but also for the GMAT. One of the most important factors, to get a high score on the GMAT, is to enjoy the GMAT prep and to chase your dream score. If you enjoy the process, you get an enjoyable result.

2. Focus:
“Any active sportsman has to be very focused; you’ve got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that. Cricket is in the foreground, the rest is in the background.”

When he says that he needs to know when to SWITCH ON and SWITCH OFF, he suggests keeping the focus on what you are doing at the moment. He sums up this very nicely in the next sentence:
“I am not thinking too far ahead, just want to take one thing at a time.”

Exactly what you need on the GMAT prep too – Take one thing at a time. Try not to learn everything at once, instead take it easy and individually. Focus on one of the ingredients of the GMAT at once. If you started with Quant today, do Quant for today. Or if you started with Verbal today, do Verbal for today.

3. Consistency:
“I feel when somebody has been playing cricket for a long time, he creates a separate identity for himself.”

Sachin’s biggest achievement to date is his consistency. He has been consistent not just with his bat, but also with his lessons from every game. He always analyzed his previous game before moving on to the next game.

Apply the same strategy to your GMAT prep, and you should see your runs (scores) increasing. Review your last work before embarking on the next list of questions. Visit your last diagnostic test to analyze why you made a particular error and work towards improving the same. Try different ways to approach a particular difficult question that gets you stuck at it every time you face it.

“I’m really focusing now on how I can get to the next level as a batsman. How can I get even more competitive? How can I get even more consistent? How can I get better?”
Nothing pays as much as consistency on any work you are doing.

4. Systematic Approach:
“I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit.”

Sachin has delivered the success mantra in this small sentence. Know your strengths and weakness and play accordingly. The GMAT is a playground where you have different types of questions to face, each testing you at a different aspect of your abilities. A Sentence Correction question tests you at keeping the meaning intact and the next Critical Reasoning question tests at keeping the logic intact. Also, the difficulty level of each question changes with each correct or wrong answer. So, the best way forward is to keep it simple and play on your strengths.

Keep you strengths in focus and work on your weakness. Review your past mistakes and try to overcome them. Keep an error log with you. Keep a check on improvements and celebrate every time you cross a hurdle.

5. Obsession with improving your skills:
“I have played for 24 years and it has been great.”

Sachin had a long and illustrious career. The best thing, he enjoyed every moment of his career, even at times when he faced a low in his career and when all including the critics and the fans turned their back to him. He gave up the captaincy and proved himself to one and all, once again. Later, he became the first batsman to score a double century in the history of Cricket. He always had this obsession with improving his game by overcoming his shortcomings.

That is what you need to apply to the GMAT. Be obsessed with improving yourself on the shortcomings and learning new and interesting ways to prove your mettle to the GMAT.

Follow the five things the Cricket Great teaches you for the GMAT, you would be able to reach the score you are looking for.