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