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The semifinals are going to start soon in the World Cup. I’m sad because this means it’s ending soon because this World Cup as been SO GOOD. Last night I couldn’t sleep and it hit me that there are some great lessons and takeaways from the World Cup that could apply to Direct Sellers and/or Small Business Owners.
It’s a LONG Journey
Did you know that qualifying for the World Cup takes years before we see an official World Cup game? 207 national teams are split up into six regions. Over a roughly two-year period, they compete in regional qualifying tournaments to earn one of the 32 spots at the World Cup. TWO YEARS folks! With a 15% chance to make it in (unless you are the host country, you automatically get in).
In the journey of direct sales and small business, remember that to get to that upper echelon of success, it can take time. I’ve been with my current company almost getting close to 3 years now. Getting to the Trainer level in my company took just under a year and there are still more levels to attain. Ask successful small business owners how long it took them to get where they are, and they will tell you it takes time.
It’s a TEAM (Collective) Thing
Do you have a superstar on your team? A great staff member or assistant? There are some big names in soccer, but they cannot carry the whole team. Some very big names are not playing anymore in the World Cup: Ronaldo, Messi. Neymar, Jamés, etc. They, along with their teams are eliminated. So while you might have a powerhouse on your team, that cannot get you to the top.
Remember to coach and lead everyone who is working with you. Build your team to be well-balanced. Especially in direct sales, most “comp” (compensation) plans will not payout bonuses based on one successful teammate. Interested in learning more about improving your leadership through Strengths Based Coaching? Please contact me.
Nothing is Guaranteed, Except Maybe Criticism
Did you know the United States isn’t in this year’s World Cup? It is the first time since 1990 that the US Mens Team is not playing in the World Cup. They had some early disastrous losses in early qualifying that kept them from qualifying. They were widely criticized for their poor performance int he qualifiers.
Know that when you are trying to achieve success, it will not be easy, and at times you will hit roadblocks. People will critique you, and that’s to be expected. I always think of the saying “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” To be successful in direct sales or small business takes hard work… there is no guarantee such as you getting in on the “ground floor” that will assure your success. You still need to put in the work.
There are Many Emotions in Business
You will smile, laugh, and cry. You will experience ups and downs. And this is normal. I’m a big Jamés Rodriguez fan. He is on the Columbian National Team. He had high hopes, being a Golden Boot winner from the last World Cup for high number of goals scored. In this World Cup, he experienced every emotion as evidenced here from his Instagram.
All emotions are evident in his World Cup posts. They lost and won. He was injured and couldn’t play. He had to watch the last game as a spectator and watched Columbia get eliminated. You will go through various emotions in running your business. Be sure to take some time for self-care and surround yourself with an amazing tribe.
As the World Cup ends, it is important to remember what lessons you can apply towards your business. The best analogy is that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Now the real question? Who you rooting for this World Cup??? Comment below, or as always, you can contact me here.
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