1 year ago, nobody in their right mind will dare to bet Leicester City is gonna be real contender for English Premiere League title. 1 year ago, Leicester has barely survived relegation and struggling to even remain in the Premier League. But today, 11 Apr 2016, The Foxes (nickname for Leicester City FC) is 7 points ahead of their nearest rival, Totenham Hotspur, guaranteed a place in next season European Champions League and 5 matches away (could even be less) to win their 1st ever English Premier League title!!
What really changes in the team? If you take a look at the 2014/15 comparing it with 2015/16 team, there wasn’t much difference except for 1 or 2 players. The key factor that really become the turning point is the sacking of their manager Nigel Pearson to the Italian coach, Claudio Ranieri. Here are some intereting facts about Ranieri. He has long spells in the European Football, coaching teams not only in the primary division but also secondary and tertiary league. Ranieri has had some successes but not really what could have been described as world class success even with first class team like Inter and Chelsea. Then, out of nowhere, Ranieri suddenly took Leicester to become a dominant force in Premier League.
So what really happened? I am not Claudio Ranieri so I don’t really know what happened to him or what changes inside of him. All I know is that Ranieri has been a consistent man doing what he has been doing for decades. Then, as explained by the bible verse in Ecclesiastes 9:11 – time (chronos) and chance (kairos) happeneth to them all; Ranieri’s kairos has come and this year he is gonna experience probably the best coaching year of his life after decades of trying and waiting.
Many people never experience real success in their lives and mostly not because of lack of talent but because of lack of focus and determination. When we study top notch people in every profession, we are looking at people who have been in the industry not on short-run but long-run, those who were in it not for one or two years but decades, some even their whole life. People nowadays want everything to happen fast, they desire instant success. The bad news is no great success comes instantly but they requires process, going thru ups-and-downs and personal growth among other things.
Follow our passion, do what we love and good at. Stay for the long run and keep on improving ourselves. Don’t quit when the goings get tough. When ur kairos has come, God will take you to experience new heights and successes.
1 Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Halelujah, Amin!