Hmmmm… where do I start? If you’re a football fan like me and saw the Brazil vs Germany game a few hours ago,
you’re probably still reeling from the shock and humiliation Brazil suffered at the hands of Germany. So why did Brazil lose to Germany by such a huge margin? And more importantly, are there any business lessons to mull over from this epic game?
The Germans were Quick to Act and Clinical
German efficiency is now cliché so I won’t bore you with what you already know. These guys work like programmed robots. They have a task to accomplish, and proceed to accomplish it – maybe not elegantly, but effectively and efficiently.
We should all have a similar attitude towards our business and personal development because we will only get paid for results, not for participating.
Brazil were Stunned into Relative Inactivity
The first 4 quick goals stunned the Brazilians into silence. That’s what happens when you plan your entry into the business arena effectively and execute your plan even more effectively. You stun your competitors into silence and leave them in the dust even before they realise what just happened. At this point, it’s almost impossible for your competitors to catch up with you.
Germany Were Ruthless
In certain businesses you have to be ruthless to even survive, let alone thrive. Being ruthless has a negative connotation which is not what I’m subscribing to here: I’m referring to being tough on yourself; especially at the incubation and launch phases of your business. Being ruthless is refusing to let your guard down.
‘The Snowball Effect’ Got the Better of the Brazilians
Efficiency often leads to what could be referred to as The Snowball Effect or The Tipping Point; the point of no return, where it’s almost impossible to stop the direction of flow. Brazil, the best footballing nation on earth were humiliated 7-1 because of this principle. The first 4 goals broke their confidence and the 5th was that point of no return.
This was the highest goal margin in World Cup history. Who knows, just like Germany, you may even set a new world record in business if you follow these principles.
Do you really want to succeed in business? Do the right thing: get the right and best training available; find a mentor; be tough on yourself. If you really, really want to succeed you may even surprise yourself at how your success stuns even you into silence 🙂
“This was not one of those super-power beating a small nation game; this was Brazil for crying out loud.” – Gary Lineker