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I am a firm believer in the old adage that “Fortune Favours The Brave”. I find this applicable at work and at play.

The recent inaugural match of the DLF Indian Premier League was a case in point. Rahul Dravid is considered an astute student of the game of cricket. Yet he has always been cautious, sometimes to a fault. The atmosphere at Bengaluru on April 18 was out of the world. The splendid inauguration ceremony had the crammed stadium and millions of viewers of TV worldwide completely spell bound.

The psychological advantage was firmly with Dravid’s Royal Challengers, the home team. Lady Luck stepped in and he won the toss. What more could he ask for. Yet, he went into his customary defensive approach. He chose to field first and handed over the advantage to Saurav Ganguly, who is a far more fierce competitior.

The rest, as they say, is history. Seizing the advantage, Brendon McCullum re-wrote the record book with a blistering knock, the likes of which is seldom seen. His 158 not out of just 73 balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours bludgeoned Dravid’s Royal Challengers to a position they could not recover from. Their score card tells a sad story. Against their opponents formidable 222/3, the Royal Challengers could only manage- and that too with some difficulty- a paltry 82.

Seizing the initiative and holding on to it gives you the psychological edge to perform. As is often said “Attack is the best form of defence”.

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This is the 139 th of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success