Spring is upon us, so that means a couple of things… Baseball and Business. (Well it’s always time for business).
In baseball winning 55 percent of the time is a really good thing.
Most of the home run record holders, also hold strike out records. The same year
Less than .5% of high school baseball players will ever be drafted by a MLB team. And only a little over 3% of those drafted will ever play a game in the majors. Imagine spending over 10 years of your life, just to have a 0.00015% chance of getting to spend just 1 day doing what you love.
I know a lot of business owners who are spending a lot of time (even 10 years) trying to do what they love, but they haven’t had the success they are looking for, because they are waiting for “a win”.
But, the secret is realizing that business is really a game! It’s all about persistence!
It’s all about winning more than losing. But it’s really about knowing you are going to have to lose to win.
So, know that you will lose money. You will loose leads, deals, time, energy, clients, sleep and so much more.
The trick is to play the game of biz to win not “not to lose.”
Every time you have a loss, just go out for a bigger win.
The other day I lost a 12k deal that I really thought I had. I had already spent the money in my mind. (You know what I’m talking about, right). But instead of letting it get me down, killing my mood, f-ing up my mindset or keeping me from having a good day…
I decided to play the game of biz and I told myself that if I was going to play the game I was going to lose, but I was also going to win bigger. And I had a call that same day that led to a 24k proposal that was better for me and this new client.
Because to win the game of business you need to come FROM service, you need to not let ANYTHING stop you.
You are going to strike out. You are going to get hit by the ball. You are going to play in front of unfriendly audiences. Your going to have loosing streaks.
But if you can remember that success is really only wining more than you lose and if you go out there swinging for the fences – playing to win – you will make it to the hall of fame.
But if you go out there “playing not to loose”. Being tied up in the idea of being perfect and of not loosing, then you and your business will be as memorable as Slim Harriss who pitched (his worse season) against Babe Ruth (during his best season) and is all but forgotten to history.
Don’t allow your talent, your skills, your gifts to not be used by the people who need you most
If you are allowing your losses to keep you from having wins – get your head out of your ass and get back out on the field and WIN the game of business.
-Brian Stark, Director of Strategic Development