Two days later, and I walk into our community center heading toward the track to exercise with my hubby. A gentleman walks by and simply says to us, "I'm a Vikings fan now! And I'm gonna stay that way." Meanwhile, 10 seconds later a group of boys who attend a private hockey school at the center started the Skol chant while sitting around a table waiting for class to start. Neither my husband nor I had a lick of Vikings gear on. We weren't wearing purple. We hadn't been talking about the game when any of this occurred. Also, the boys didn't hear the man's comment to us.
Two days later, and Minnesotans are still high on the win against the Saints on Sunday. Now, if you're not a Vikings fan, you may be thinking to yourself. Who cares. They're just a football team. They won with an amazing miracle play at the end of a game. Happens to other teams too.
Yeah. True. But here's the thing. The Vikings don't do this. If you know anyone who has been a Vikings fan. We NEVER get our hopes up about the end of the season. If we're smart Vikings fans, we just take it one game at a time and see how the season rolls out. Because we've been here too many times. We've made it so far. And then choked. Or been a part of BountyGate. Or some such football nonsense. The Vikings 'Curse'.
I'll tell you what I think. I think we are pulling it off this year (at least to this point. I am a true Vikings fan so I'll say that I'm still taking this thing one game at a time. LOL!) because the Vikings are a TRUE TEAM. For the first time in as long as I've been paying real attention, so at least the last 15 years or so, there has always been a STAR player on the team. But guess what we are winning with now, Case Keenum, our third string backup quarterback. You HAVE to read this article Keenum wrote. It's so fantastic. And there are so many LESSONS we can learn from him and from this team.
While I could spout on in many directions about this. I want to focus on bringing this to the small business world. I shared my thoughts with my sales team yesterday. That playoff game was amazing from every viewpoint! First, the Vikings were ahead for a good part of the game. Almost to the point where you sit there and think, "All right, they've got this in the bag." But, every Vikings fan sitting with me in that stadium just knew. It's not over, until it's over. And if you're a Saints fan, Kudos to that team. They didn't give up and throw in the towel either. They played hard in the third and fourth quarter and brought it back. They were ahead! It could have been their game. And the stadium grew quiet because we were all thinking, "Here we go again." But at the same time, no one left. No one stopped believing that we could pull it off. It could happen. Never giving up until the game is over paid off in the end.
The same can be said for your business. I have been involved in network marketing for three years now. It started off as a whim and me thinking "Huh, I think this is something I could do." And during that time, I have succeeded. But it's mostly because I have the belief that this will work. I have the mindset that I will not throw in the towel. I have seen countless number of people want to give this a try. And they put in about five minutes worth of effort and then quit. Putting in minimal effort is not going to get you to that end zone. Sometimes defenders will get in your way (products will be out of stock, shipping will be slow, corporate will run a program that doesn't work for your situation). But you have to keep your eye on that end zone, you have to take the ball, put your head down and run. If you get knocked down. Shake it off. Strategize, figure out the next play. And give it another go.
And be a team. Learn from those around you. Appreciate the efforts of the ENTIRE TEAM, not just the star players. Case Keenum is a leader with experience and being underestimated his whole career. He just goes out and gets the job done because he tries until the very end.
Morale of this Vikings story: Be a TEAM, Work HARD, NEVER give up!
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