1. Poor Planning = Poor Results
I’ve mentioned this in a prior blog post of mine, but it really rings true in the World Cup and business as a whole. If you don’t plan effectively, you’ll find yourself lost, confused, and showing little to no results for whatever effort you’ve put in. When pitching an idea to OU and TSC alum Bob Fenner, he reacted… not as favorably as I thought he might. He only had one question for me: what are your goals with this project? At that moment, I realized that I had become so excited by the idea of the project itself that I had forgotten to plan and draw up goals so my time and effort wouldn’t be in vain.
To put it simply, if you don’t plan, if you don’t have goals for your project, and more importantly, your life, you could wind up looking like Argentina in their stunning 4-0 loss to Germany. If you’re unfamiliar with soccer, losing by 4 is similar to being beat 42-0 in the NFL, also known as being beat by a landslide. I think we all want to avoid looking like Leo Messi, going home dejected and empty handed:
(image obtained via espn.com)
What is your plan? What are you trying to accomplish?
2. Ego is a No Go
If you’ve watched any of the World Cup, you’d know one fact – nearly all of the heavily favored teams have been eliminated from the tournament, and a ton of underdogs have gone on to see success they never thought possible.
If you go into a situation with passion, creativity, and a good work ethic, you can and will create results. If you go into a situation with a cockiness, ego, and general laziness that would rival Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ll most likely go down like he did. The point is, don’t go into something automatically thinking you’re going to win. If you’re not going to put in the effort and act as if you’re God’s gift to the world, you will crumble under the pressure. You will not deliver. Always go into a situation knowing that someone can always best you. Stay grounded. You’ll do better work because of it.
3. Communication is Key
Watching Fernando Torres in the World Cup has been similar to the person in the group that never responds to calls or e-mails (you know who you are). He stands out alone, wandering around the field not communicating with his teammates, and then blames it on “fitness”. There’s a reason he keeps getting substituted – because he’s not communicating, leaving him unable to do his job effectively, in this case, not scoring in the World Cup. Not even once (yet).
If you’re not making your presence known, if you’re not communicating with your team, you’re dead weight. I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage, “There is no ‘I’ in TEAM”, and it’s one we take for granted. If someone sends you an e-mail, respond. It takes 30 seconds of your life. Don’t insert yourself in a relatively important role if you’re not willing to do the work. People will remember you for the work you put in (or, don’t put in). Without communication, you will fail. Period.
Don’t continually blame lack of communication on various extenuating factors. There’s only a limited list of scapegoats you can abuse before people catch on. Communicate.
Written by: Adam Budd