Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge football fan. They also know I’ve been a huge Tom Brady fan ever since his days donning the maize and blue at the University of Michigan (Go Blue). With all that said, I couldn’t have been happier with the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win. Not only did the Patriots win, but they did it in spectacular fashion. That game will go down as one of the best Super Bowl finishes in NFL history. While the game was exciting, I also took away several keys that I think any business could use to be successful:
In the two weeks between the Patriots’ AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl XLIX, allegations had been swirling over alleged deflated footballs used by the Patriots in the first half of the AFC Championship. While the issue is still being investigated by the NFL, the Patriots didn’t allow the scandal to derail their goal of winning the Super Bowl. They stayed focused right down to the end. In business, there will be many distractions (competitors, copycats, etc.) but if you stay focused on your business and its mission, your business can overcome any obstacle.
2. Team Work Makes The Dream Work:
The Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win was truly a complete team effort; they got down by 10 points due to several stalled offensive drives and a second half interception. However, the defense did its job, not allowing the Seahawks to score at all in the 4th quarter, giving the offense time to string together a couple of offensive drives and score 14 points to take the lead. It took a complete team effort for the win. With any business, success will take a complete team effort. No one person can make a business successful; it will take a full team effort to achieve business success.
3. Hard Work Pays Off:
With 20 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter, Patriots free agent rookie Malcolm Butler made an incredible goal line interception that sealed the Patriots’ victory. When reporters asked him about the interception, he said he recognized the play from hours of film study preparing for the game – he trusted his training and instinct to make a break on the ball, intercepting Russell Wilson’s pass. But what if Butler hadn’t studied? What if he had been just satisfied with being at the Super Bowl his rookie year and hadn’t really been looking to make any impact? Lesson learned – when you put in the work, in business, etc., the hard work will pay off. You may not know when or how soon, but it will.
4. Work Hard, Stay Humble:
One of the things I admire most about the Patriots is the lack of egos. Sure, you’ve got some big name players on the team – Brady, Gronkowski, Revis – but everybody knows that no one person is above the team and everyone is expected to work hard and do his job. The end result – a Super Bowl XLIX win. In business, if everyone on the team works hard, focuses on the overall team goal and puts egos and personal accomplishments to the side, there’s no shortage of what you can accomplish.
5. Mistakes Aren’t Fatal – As Long As You Learn From Them:
If you follow football you know all about the Legion of Boom and the much vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense. I don’t have to tell you that Tom Brady throwing two interceptions to that defense could’ve been fatal. Thankfully, he corrected his mistakes and the rest is history. In business, you will make mistakes. It’s inevitable. However, those mistakes don’t have to be fatal if you pay attention to them, learn from them and make the necessary adjustments to correct them.
6. Persistence Pays Off:
Since Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick teamed up, the New England Patriots have always been in the Super Bowl hunt. With the exception of the 2002 season and the year Brady went down on the first game of the season to injury, the Patriots have made the playoffs every season under Brady and Belichick. While there’s been a 10 year gap between their last and most recent Super Bowl wins, the Patriots have been persistent in trying to achieve the goal of a Super Bowl victory and that persistence paid off. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish in business, whether its increasing your annual revenue or getting your product into more stores, etc., if you pursue your goals with dogged determination, 9 times out of 10, your persistence will pay off. It may not happen immediately, but it will happen if you stick with it.
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