Breaking the 77 year Drought at Wimbledon – the Hidden Message from Andy Murray

Andy Murray wins at WimbledonFor all of those people who woke up to the news this morning that the Wimbledon men’s singles drought has finally been broken after 77 years by Briton Andy Murray, spare a thought for the message he shares. I feel it teaches all of us something about the true meaning of success and what it represents.

What was most telling for me when I heard that Andy had been struggling to deal with the immense pressure of feeling that he was carrying the weight of the nation on his shoulders, was his acknowledgment that he could not have done it without the support of a very special person. The Scot dedicated his victory to coach Ivan Llendl, an eight-time grand slam winner who had never captured the Wimbledon title himself, losing twice in the final. Since teaming up with Llendl last year, Murray says he has matured both on and off the court, and the success of that relationship has certainly born fruit, because he has reached the final of the last four grand slams he has entered, winning two of them.

In Murray’s own words… “For the last four or five years, it’s been very very tough, very stressful  – a lot of pressure… Ivan believed in me when a lot of people didn’t. He stuck by me through some tough losses the last couple of years. He’s been very patient with me. I’m just happy I managed to do it for him.”

We all love to hear about the lone hero who overcomes insurmountable odds to win through in the heat of the battle and we know that without total commitment to the cause or the objective, a well thought out plan, combined with unrelenting application to the task and consistent practice, winning may remain a distant or unfulfilled dream.

The Often Understated Value of Support

But I want to touch on another aspect of the winner’s armoury which I feel is a major part of their strength and their resilience, and that is support. In a society where so much emphasis is placed on competition and the accumulation of trophies or ‘toys’, regardless of whether the field of success is in sport, business or life, I sometimes wonder if we miss the value of the support we give and receive along the way…  such as the right words at the right time from someone who believes in us when our own self belief has taken a battering…  or the opportunity to work together and share the bouquets and the brickbats as we strive in concert towards meaningful shared goals.

In a world where competition and accumulation seems to be driving so much of the current thinking, spare a thought for cooperation, and character, and care for each other, and cast your mind back to the time when you last felt you were a winner. I guarantee that the joy of winning and the feeling it engendered in you would have been a hollow feeling if you did not have special people around you to share it with at the time. And what about the journey towards that success? Would you have achieved it without the help and support and belief of others?

I know that in all of my business endeavours over the years, the experiences which I remember most fondly are the ones where I was part of a collaborative team of likeminded people who believed in each other and their desire to make a difference. So please spare a thought for all of those people who support you in your endeavours, especially the unsung heroes in the background like the Ivan Llendls in the life of Andy Murray, and when you do that ask yourself who in your life would benefit from your support and your encouragement and your time?

Too often we strive to make a difference on a grand scale, whether that be through the accumulation of ‘material evidence’ of our success, or saving the world in an altruistic way, and we forget about the difference we could make to the lives of the people whom we touch every day, such as our children, or our partner, or our business colleagues… or the next person we meet on the street.

Cooperation not Competition

My wish for you is that you don’t look back on a life filled with ‘busy-ness’ and stress and mindless accumulation, and regret that you lost sight of those you met along the way. Surely Cooperation, not Competition should be the legacy of our generation? Otherwise we face an increasingly disconnected world and one where the gap between the haves and have nots becomes a huge divide that threatens all of our existence and safety. But that is a topic for another day.

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Until then… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less. Have a great week – Brian

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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