Suc­cess mantra pankaj ad­vani Fail­ure takes you ten steps ahead

Ace cueist Pankaj Ad­vani, who notched up his seventh World Bil­liards Cham­pi­onship ti­tle re­cently, be­lieves that fail­ure is an un­de­sired out­come with learn­ing IT’S RAIN­ING RECORDS

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My mother al­lowed me to make my own choices in child­hood on the con­di­tion that I gave it my 100%. That’s been a huge in­flu­enc­ing value for me.

First high

It was the first world ti­tle in snooker in 2003 in China. Per­son­ally, re­ceiv­ing the Khel Ratna at the age of 21 has been a great mo­ment.

My idols

I look up to my mother for in­still­ing strong prin­ci­ples and shap­ing my at­ti­tude. Arvind Savur, my coach, friend, philoso­pher and guide has also played a key role in my suc­cess. I also ad­mire my brother Shree for his bril­liance in mind­coach­ing me to many ti­tles. Not to for­get Roger Fed­erer, for the class and con­sis­tency he dis­plays as a cham­pion.

My idea of suc­cess

I prac­tise four to six hours a day apart from an hour at the gym and/or do­ing yoga. But time is only one as­pect. I have picked up my life from Ban­ga­lore and moved to Sh­effield to ex­plore the chal­leng­ing world of pro­fes­sional snooker. I am away from my fam­ily, friends and home in or­der to keep step­ping out of my com­fort zone. Some­times, your ded­i­ca­tion to­wards your work can af­fect your per­sonal life. But near and dear ones are al­ways there in some form or the other - in per­son or in spirit. I have come to rely more on my­self, which has made me ex­pe­ri­ence self-dis­cov­ery and growth. Ev­ery sac­ri­fice

has a gain.

Deal­ing with fail­ure

Firstly, I don’t look at it as fail­ure. It is an un­de­sired out­come with learn­ing. Suc­cess takes you one step ahead Ad­vani has re­peated his world record feat of 2005 and 2008 by be­ing the only per­son in the world to hold na­tional, Asian and world ti­tles in the same year He is the reign­ing Asian Games gold medal­list He is the only player in the world to win a pro­fes­sional world ti­tle in bil­liards while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­fes­sional snooker cir­cuit in the same year He is the youngest In­dian ever to have won eight world ti­tles in any sport while fail­ure takes you ten steps for­ward.

Ad­vice to young­sters

Don’t be afraid to ex­per­i­ment and fol­low your pas­sion. Iden­tify what you are good at and if you en­joy do­ing it then let that be your guid­ing force.

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