In the 2016 Baseball postseason, Toronto Blue Jays were playing against the Cleveland Indians. The Indians won the first 3 games of the 7 game series and were facing elimination, as the reporters kept reminding the fans. The forth game, the Blue Jays came back to win.
What lessons are there for entrepreneurs?
When the media kept reminding the fans about potential elimination, it is comparable to those in our lives that don’t believe in our entrepreneurial dreams. This can stop an entrepreneur from pushing through the obstacles that come along, buying into the belief “it’s too hard, there is no hope, you gave it your best”.
The Jays came out and played like the champions they are. They played to win, even though they were down 3 games and it could have been their last game.
Each player pushed themselves to do their personal best, yet played as a team. It’s interesting – when you are doing the very best you can in your work, it inspires others to step up and do their best.
You could visibly see the players using their mindset to stay focused, and calm. They took deep relaxed breaths, didn’t let nerves or the pressure get the best of them. Their “vibe” changed from the previous 3 games….instead of looking stressed and almost like they had given up, they had a new fire in their eyes and their passion was back.
Something I noticed was the reaction of the other team, who had been having fun, laughing on the field and joking around in the previous 3 games. In this game, they were not laughing or joking around. They seemed concerned, and it seemed to reflect in the way they were playing. Their heads were down going back and forth to the dugout. They were no longer high fiving and in a positive state of mind. The wind was suddenly out of their sails. They were making errors, and their body language was slumped.
The difference in mindset for both teams was very evident. One went from positive to negative…the other went from negative to positive. The results speak for themselves. When you are happy, positive, have a high level of belief, vision, passion, teamwork, and never give up, you prove to yourself what you are truly capable of.
The fan support was incredible. They wanted the Jays to win as much as they did. Sometimes, it is through the needs of our customers that gives us the strength to push through adversity and deliver what both our customer wants, and what will benefit us as the entrepreneur.
Unfortunately the Jays didn’t win the series, however, there were very powerful lessons throughout those games. They definitely got further because of their attitude, teamwork, mindset, body language, commitment and belief. An important underlying message that could be missed is this: We can always go further and everything is a stepping stone. You may not win in the moment and this is when most give up. However, through belief, perseverance, teamwork, overcoming obstacles, continued learning and a determination to never give up, you will see success in the future because of your commitment.