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Top Ten Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Women’s Soccer

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

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Update 08/10/2011: Although this was said about the US Womens Soccer team in 1999, it's worth rinsing and repeating. #10 still holds true when it comes to winning!

During the recent FIFA World Cup between the U.S. and Japan, I was glued to the TV to witness the exhilaration of World Cup – and world class - competition.  I laughed.  I cried.  I was touched and inspired by the efforts of the U.S. and Japanese teams in the toughest of competitions. 

As the celebration blitz began with Japan claiming victory, I couldn’t help but reflect on what we, as entrepreneurs, can learn from the women’s soccer teams of the U.S. and Japan.

  1. Developing solid, interconnected relationships “off” the field enhances interaction and communication “on” the field.
  2. Even if the game has ended, it doesn’t mean it’s over.  Keep playing.
  3. Conditions surrounding you don’t dictate the outcome – unless you allow them.
  4. Never stop believing you will win.
  5. During practice, train for all the possibilities as if it were the real thing.
  6. Sometimes the difference between winning and losing isn’t technique. It is undying belief, attitude, and grit.
  7. Have confidence in your abilities.
  8. Don’t waver or hesitate.
  9. Be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.
  10. Use your head.
What other inspirational lessons did you gain from the watching the competition?

Tags: Performance Motivation

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