I’m an Australian Rules Football fan. If you’re unfamiliar with AFL, check it out!
It’s exciting, fast and physical and, like most sports, teaches real life lessons …
This weekend’s Grand Final was no exception.
Marlion Pickett was drafted into AFL Club, Richmond, in the second half of the season. He had been playing in the minor leagues and as an older player, probably thought his AFL opportunity had passed him.
But he kept working hard and, at 27, had gone from being in prison as a teenager, to being a husband, father of four and a solid player in the WAFL League.
Once drafted to Richmond, he didn’t get a game in the AFL … always playing in their second side.
The seconds made their Grand Final and he starred – best on field, in a winning team.
After that GF, he got called into the AFL team to replace an injured player – his debut AFL game would be the GF, his second in a week.
He started the game on the field, was instrumental in Richmond winning, kicked a goal on debut and was voted third best on field in the official votes.
What’s the lesson?
Keep working, be prepared.
Practice & preparation will always outperform any tool, technique or trend!
And never give up!
Just as applicable to business as sport.
Well done Marlion!