The NBA Finals, the culmination of hard work, dedication, and intensity in the world of professional basketball. It’s the greatest stage where some of the world’s greatest athletes will showcase their talents in the eyes of millions of people. With two amazing teams battling for that coveted trophy, one FINAL game that will determine who is the best basketball team in the world.
Appropriately as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors fight ready for battle, Game 7 of the NBA Finals is much like running a business and here are the reasons why:
This Is Why Years of Preparation and Practice Matter
The NBA Finals is a best of seven series, where the first to win four games wins it all. It’s not always that the championship is decided on one final game. All the hours in the gym and the millions of seconds spent watching film are justified for moments just like this. The more prepared you are, your chances of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy are higher.
When running your own business, there is no such thing as “set hours” as you always have to be ready. Opportunities don’t come often, so at any given moment you will need to be ready to intercept, challenge, and accept them. Whether it’s practicing your elevator pitch over and over again or constantly improving your engineering skills, the more time you spend refining your craft matters because everyday can be Game 7.
You Need to Bring Your “A++” game
Lebron James and Stephen Curry are two of the most gifted and talented players the world has ever seen. Although one is blessed with freakish athleticism and the other with near perfect accuracy, both players still need to make sure that their level of play for Game 7 needs to be at its finest. They, as well as the rest of the players, need to leave everything on the floor as there will be no tomorrow for them to make up for it.
Being extremely skilled at a particular function or component is most likely one reason why individuals jump into the world of entrepreneurship. In order to be successful, you cannot rely on your talent alone. As opportunities come at random encounters, you will ALWAYS need to bring your finest game with you. The one opportunity that can bring you financial independence could be at a networking event, a happy hour, or even a stroll in the park. Treat every moment as Game 7 as there might not be a second chance to claim it.
You’re the MVP- So Play Like It!
Stephen Curry is this years unanimous MVP and led the Warriors to a record breaking 73-9 win season. He’s graced us all season with unparalleled dribbling exhibitions and an unlimited three point shooting range, but some say his play in the NBA Finals has been lackluster. Well its Game 7 and he needs to be the Most Valuable Player that he is and show the world what he’s been doing all year long. Although basketball is a team sport, having the league’s MVP play like his title will make a tremendous difference.
As discussed, bringing your “A++” game is crucial when running a business. Understandably, there will be days where you aren’t up to your standard. But in crucial moments, like negotiating and closing on a business deal, you will need to step up and “play” like the best player in the room. Talent matters, but so does confidence. Not only will it be important in these moments, but how it affects your team will also be a game changer.
It’s WIN or GO HOME
Once the buzzer sounds and all 48 minutes of basketball have been played, there will be one winner, one champion, one team that will hoist the trophy in celebration. There is no tomorrow, there is only now. For the defeated, it will be quite a few months before they can start the journey once again. As with all things, who knows what tomorrow will bring and what that team will look like the following season. The opportunity for glory or the anguish of defeat are both up for grabs – which team will be their respective owner?
As an entrepreneur, if you don’t create and close opportunities, you don’t eat. If you don’t sell your services, you don’t pay your bills. That’s the beautiful challenge of being a business owner. Every step and every breath is a “WIN or GO HOME” moment. As entrepreneurs, you will want and desire to win as there might not be a possibility for your business tomorrow. The economic landscape constantly changes, as trends shift with evolving technology. Make sure you are ready to win or you might as well pack it up and go home.
Treat every day as Game 7 and fight for your business lives and I guarantee success will come. In other “simpler” terms, hard work pays off.