A Valuable Lesson from the FIFA World Cup – Never Give Up
I have been following the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and now that it is over, I feel a sense of sadness. I love football and have enjoyed following the results, participating in the inevitable office pools, and seeing the skills on the pitch. One of the best things – and this comes out in every world cup (or any sporting event, for that matter) is the passion of the fans. While this is only a game, there is genuine emotion in the fans’ faces when their team wins or loses. Whether it is a powerhouse nation beating a minnow nation, or an upset, the passion is always there.
This follows onto my point (and the big clue is in the title) of why these teams never give up. They have been selected by their country as being the best and wear their country’s strip with pride. Many of the goals that have been scored in the world cup have been in the dying minutes or extra time. This is due to never giving up. An example of this is the Netherlands playing Mexico in the second round. Mexico had scored in the 48th minute and was cruising until the Dutch scored in the 88th and 94th minutes. I would have loved to have been in on that team talk with the Dutch in the last 10 minutes. It was obviously enough to get them over the line and through to the next round.
Being in a sales role, it is easy to fall into the trap of giving up for a variety of reasons. Sometimes (and I have been here) it seems as though you can do nothing right and you want to bang your head against the wall. But having passion (one of Madison’s core values) is the first step in turning this around. It is all well and good saying this, but think back to the Dutch! They had their backs up against the wall and really looked like they were going out, but dug deep and managed to get the result they were looking for. If we want something bad enough, we should never give up. You never know – it may be closer than you expect…