A year-and-a-half ago the Italian was losing to the Faroe Islands, but now he has guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in his first season (2015/2016) at the club.
Claudio Ranieri says winning the Premier League with Leicester City is the crowning glory in his career-long wait for a top-flight title.
Having taken the Leicester job on the back of a calamitous four-game stint with Greece that ended in defeat to the Faroe Islands, Ranieri insists little has changed in his leadership between that horrendous run and his astonishing efforts at the King Power Stadium.
“I am 64 years old, I’ve been fighting for a long time, but I was always positive and had positivity on my side,” Ranieri told Rai 3’s Processo del Lunedi show.
“I always thought that I’d end up winning a league title somewhere eventually. I am the same man who was fired by Greece, perhaps someone there had forgotten about my career.
“It’s not as if anyone will forget, but I like to point out I am the same man who was on the Greece bench. I haven’t changed.
“I am staying at Leicester. This is a year that cannot be repeated, next year we’ll try to fight for a top-10 place, hopefully. We must continue to grow and to do well.”
Here is what Claudio teaches us;
1. Success will surely come. TARRY!
In your daily struggles for the top-notch success, be prepared to fight tooth and nail till your last breath. Some people find success in a relatively short time, which is very true. But that doesn’t mean you will never find success if you haven’t yet found it. Don’t give up. Don’t resign hopelessness. But rather reassure yourself in the fact that Claudio Ranieri tarried. It was a career-long wait, but he tarried. Success will surely come if you wait.
Don’t just wait but do what Thomas Paine says. He says “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
2. Stay true to who you are, but LEARN, BE DYNAMIC.
As youth, we are often caught up in the tow-his-line fight for success.
Mentorship is great. Everybody has a role model, get one. But one thing you should never do is to lose yourself to your mentor or role model. You are unique. Your uniqueness is a success before you actually achieve one.
Don’t fall for the tow-his-line syndrome. Learn from your mentor. Use your role model’s experiences as lessons in your fight for success. Don’t copy him blindly. Claudio says little has changed in his leadership between the horrendous run in Greece and his astonishing feat at the King Power stadium. He has stayed true to who he is. Failure couldn’t make him somebody else. But he didn’t end there, he learned and improvised. He has been dynamic. Do same!
3. Be positive in your fight for success, don’t give up.
So you want to give up because success is never in sight? Listen to what Claudio says – “I am 64 years old, I’ve been fighting for a long time, but I was always positive and had positivity on my side. I always thought that I’d end up winning a league title somewhere eventually.”
Are you still going to give up after reading what this man says?
Com’on, this man is 64 years and he has been fighting all his life. Maybe you are 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years old. Claudio never gave up, he maintained positivity. He believed he would end up winning a league title somewhere eventually. And did he?
What more have I to say? Get up, put on your positivity cap and march on to success. You will get there eventually.
4. Don’t give in to mediocrity.
It is very easy to think I have arrived when you achieve small small success. So you stop fighting. You stop believing. You stop everything because finally you are there. You are nowhere, that’s the hard truth. Stop this mediocre mentality. Stop it. Banish it from your mind.
Claudio Ranieri has won the English Premier League with a side that was written off with a 5000-1 odds of winning the title, and he is 64 years old on top of that. Listen to what he is thinking- “I am staying at Leicester. This is a year that cannot be repeated, next year we’ll try to fight for a top-10 place, hopefully. We must continue to grow and to do well.”
You must continue to grow and do well and stay on top otherwise you will drop to the bottom.
Dilly ding, Dilly dong! See you at the top.