There is no doubt that this year’s World Series was an amazing one. It was perhaps the best of all time. Historic; no matter what way you look at it. Storied programs came together and united many. There is no doubt that the World Series was good for baseball. But, you may be asking, what does that have to do with me and my business?
The World Series reminded me of several lessons; that are not only applicable in daily life, but in business life as well.
Never Give Up. There are many times throughout this series that both teams could have given up. But, neither did and both fought until the end. It is not uncommon for us to feel discouraged and unmotivated at different times in our business life. There are busy times, less busy times, times of stress and frustration. However, if you are dedicated to succeeding, you mustn’t give up; your biggest success might be right around the corner. The Cubs had 3 errors early in game 7 last night, but they never quit and were able to push through.
Be loyal. Cubs’ fans have never seen a World Championship in their lifetime; yet they are still fans. They have been loyal to a team for years who hasn’t been able to produce the ultimate reward or bragging rights. Loyalty is an important quality. Relationship building is one of the biggest keys to being a successful business person. Being loyal to your customers and treating them right, being loyal to your vendors and those you work with can also pay big dividends.
Apologies are important. Did you see the article about Anthony Rizzo apologizing to the home plate umpire during the NLCS? Even the biggest stars make mistakes. I think it is an awesome example for an athlete of this caliber to be seen apologizing for an action he didn’t feel was right. If we make a mistake or do wrong by a customer, we must correct the issue. I always advocate for honesty and owning up to my mistake. Then, make it right, hopefully ensuring that the customer will return.
Be humble. Player after player thanked and congratulated his teammates last night. The Cubs line up and leadership congratulated the Indians and acknowledged their remarkable season. There was not a boastful word to be heard. Many things we cannot do alone. There are many people that support us in our businesses. We should be thankful and appreciative in any way that we can.
And, maybe most importantly, know that there is never a sure thing. The Indians had the world convinced they would win when they lead the Series 3-1. They didn’t. Many thought the Cubs had it in the bag when they lead 6-3 in the bottom of the 8th in game 7. The Indians rallied and pushed the game into extra innings. There is never a sure deal until it’s signed on the dotted line. Don’t assume or take things for granted. Always be an advocate for your business and do your best to protect it from things that may harm its potential.