August 15, 2009

The 'burden' of triumph

I was recently reading an article after the death of Michael Jackson.

The title phrase is quite a statement in itself. If you have closely watched any performer and especially their sequel performance, you would not miss the very apparent pressure of success. This may be visible for the entertainment industry, but the rest of the population is not spared from it either.

There are many shows, performances that you like. If these teams/ groups are asked to produce a sequel, it is most challenging. In the first show, there might have been something innovative, different and an element of surprise – but for the team to maintain the innovation and element of surprise is very difficult – if not rare.

The biggest casualty in this process is the innocent touch that is lost. And ironically, this might have been the biggest factor that might have made you like it in the first place. Whether it is a movie sequel – Matrix, Harry Potter – or artists like Michael Jackson, the pressure to consistently outperform your own benchmarks is visible.

If you have watched one of the ongoing reality show – India’s got Talent, you would have noticed how many of the semi finalists were not able to beat their own benchmark that was set in the audition rounds. We will have to now see if the finalists can now outperform two of their recent performances.

One of the groups that are getting into the final as a favorite is the Prince group. Guess one of the reasons is the effortlessness in their second performance. Worth a watch – am linking both the videos here.
Audition and Semis

The pressure that academically brilliant students/ winning sports persons/ top notch employees or corporate go through is equally high – only not visible to everyone and could manifest as internal stress. And in all this competitiveness, no one really tells you how to handle this ‘burden’.

Guess we can consider ourselves lucky to have the inspiration of Sri Sri to not only be successful but also enjoy the success!!!
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