Quitting While You’re On Top… Only For Sports
Recently, all of us have been tuned into the Olympics. There are many different stories to follow, however I find the biggest fascination with the story of Michael Phelps. He is the most decorated Olympic athlete ever. He could claim that before Rio. Yet he still chose to represent the good ol’ red, white, and blue one last time.
That’s Right I Said It and So Did He, The Last Time
When I think of sport I think of the drive to compete. That is the ultimate factor and when you look across all sports it is the #1 common factor between all of them. When you look at the G.O.A.T. - Greatest of All Time - from any sport, the drive to compete is always the first thing people talk about, and right after that is the killer instinct. In Swimming Phelps is the G.O.A.T.
Before the Rio Olympics started Phelps was quoted saying ”I’m 30 years old and swimming almost faster than I ever have before.” With that statement he was telling the world that his drive to compete, his killer instinct, and his need to always improve is still very much alive.
Now that his portion of the Olympics is over, he has stated ”Even though I'm done in the pool, I'm not 100 percent done. Being able to teach kids, not only water safety but healthy and active sports.” Now let that sink in. Even though he is done with the competition he still feels like he has something left to give.
This Mindset - Is The Spirt Of A Champion & A Breadwinner
All of these traits mentioned - the drive to compete, the killer instinct, the drive to improve, going out on top, and still feeling like you have something to give - transcend way beyond the realm of sports, right into everyday life. They actually have a lot to do with success, especially in business.
Every business has - or at least it should have – all of these traits ingrained in their DNA and Culture. When you look at some of the most successful companies like Google, Apple, Under Armour, and Chick Fila, you can see those traits in almost everything they do.
Your Company Shouldn’t Be Any Different
When you think about your product or service, marketing efforts, advertisements, and your company culture, all of these winning traits should be a part of every one of those efforts.
If you’re in business you automatically have a drive to compete. The killer instinct is there too because you shouldn’t only want to compete with your competitors, you should be driven to dominate them. The only way you can do that is by always finding ways to improve, whether it’s improving your marketing efforts or improving something with your product, your service, yes, even your culture. If you do that then you will always have something left to give.
Quitting – Where Business and Sports Differ
Going out on top is every athletes dream. It is a rare company and very few achieve it. Michael Phelps just did it, Michael Jordan did it twice, John Elway and Payton Manning did it for the same team. They didn't make it there with out this mindset. The way they were able to dominate made them almost irreplaceable for generations to come. That's why they can quit while they are on top.
With business, this is where things differ. In business you should never quit while you are on top. If your company makes it to the top, then your drive to compete and your drive to improve should never lead you away from what got you there. This is the most important time to use these winning traits at maximum effort because there is always another company doing the same thing, trying to take your place.