Like when he was alive (but actually more when he was dead) he moved a whole nation with the values and his practices he lived by with what I called his ‘3 Cs’ of courage, conviction and conscience. He was unwavering, consistent and steadfast when it comes to justice and fairness; he feared no one even if it meant offending foes and friends alike.
Indeed the world needs more of such great people who are exemplary role models who can inspire many to walk this path that will make the world a great place to live.
All good coaches who chose to be coaches are supposed to do at least a measure of this, so that they make a difference. What more when someone like the late Karpal Singh went beyond the expectations of many. That’s why to me, he was a coach in all ways. You may ask how could he when was a lawyer and not a coach by training! Technically, you are right but humanly, he was over qualified!
Here is why. I always maintain this formula: effective coaches are 60% of qualities and 40% of competencies. By this alone, they can move people’s minds and hearts more than many acclaimed coaches who have thousand of coaching hours and credentials to support their names but yet could not even do it for themselves.
You see, when someone has the ability to win people’s trust to the highest level, they do not need to exert themselves. Their mere presence and their whispers are enough to move mountains. In this sense, Karpal could do this from a wheelchair!
We coaches have a lot to learn from this great man. We need to improve our character a lot more than striving to get all the As in credentials from the best coaching schools and universities all over the world.
Really, at the end of life, it is not about how much we have achieved but what we have become.
For Karpal, it was more than a lawyer that he had achieved but a ‘Tiger of Jelutong’ that he had become!
What will you learn from this great man to become the best person you can be?