Yesterday Addison Russell and his team won the baseball World Series and that win has lessons for entrepreneurs. It just goes to show you can learn something new every day if you try.
Baseball is known as America’s favorite pastime. Last night was the last game of the 2016 World Series and the Cubs had a historic win. One of the surprises of the game was the amazing performance put in by Addison Russell. All through the regular season, he was viewed as a player that the team could take or leave. But, when push came to shove in the last game of the series, he pulled through and showed up like a winner. His performance and the Cubs’ win has three lessons for entrepreneurs.
When you own a business, it is tempting to ignore the average run of the mill employees and concentrate only on the star performers and the horrible performers you need to let go. The stars are the ones who are most likely to win you awards, earn big commissions and keep the customers smiling. The horrible performers are the ones who are always doing something wrong. They get customer complaints, break equipment and miss deadlines. Then there are the average employees. Those are the ones who do an okay job. They show up each day, do what is required and then go home. They never stand out or get attention. It is tempting to forget about them. To ignore them when making plans for your company. It is important to always remember that even an average employee can surprise you and do something great in a clutch situation.
The Cubs have not won a World Series in over one hundred years. If history was the sole indicator, the Cubs would lose this time around also. But, they did not, they were victorious. Remember that when it comes to your company. It doesn’t matter how many times you have made proposals that did not win the contracts. It doesn’t matter how many customers you have disappointed in the past. History is important, but it is not the deciding factor in your company’s present and future. Each day when you walk into your office, shake off the problems of the day before. Learn lessons from them and move forward to the future you want to create for your business. If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, do not let the past keep you from doing the things you need to do today in order to win. If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, look towards the future with enthusiasm and determination.
Celebrate the wins.
Some entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that at work they should maintain a middle of the road, no ups and no downs attitude about things. This is a mistake. When you have a win at work – celebrate it. It is important to remember that you and your employees are all human beings. Human beings like to feel good. Think about it. Misery loves company, but no one wants to be that company. When you celebrate the wins your company gets it encourages you and your employees to find more ways to win. When you celebrate wins chemicals are released in your brain that make you feel better. Celebrating wins should be a part of your normal activities. When celebrating wins is a part of your ordinary business life, it puts you in a mindset that success is expected and you will work to achieve that success.
Entrepreneurs can learn lessons in the most interesting places. Some entrepreneurs look at the World Series and see only balls, bats and bases. Smart entrepreneurs look at the World Series and see learning opportunities. Which type of entrepreneur are you?
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