Yes, I'm an AVID sports fan and last night served up a gem of a championship game between Villanova and North Carolina. I'm not going to give you the play by play, because you either saw it or can see the replays on the internet.
What struck me this morning is that it really sucks to lose. While nice to believe in the win-win kool aid scenario, the fact is that in most cases there is a winner .... and a loser.
Losing can manifest itself in many, many ways:
- Missed that engineering deadline, only by a few days
- Lost that must win sales deal
- Quarterly revenue was $1 short
- Thought you earned an A in the class, but got a B+
- Getting passed over for that promotion
- Tore your ACL on day 1 of your ski trip
- ... endless other losses ...
While watching the last few seconds of the game last night I noticed Daniel Ochefu (Villanova #23) take the mop from the ball boy kid and vigorously dry out the area that he had just left a full body length of sweat. I'd never seen that in a basketball game before and immediately thought that the upcoming inbound play with 4.7 seconds left was going to involve both Ochefu and that part of the court. It did. Check out the story on espn.com about the play.
Be the best street sweeper you can be.
This is the tagline the Villanova coaching staff tells the kids. Bracken Darrell (CEO of Logitech) tells a similar story in his post from last year, Best Advice: "Clean the Floors, Wash the Windows".
It sure is fun to win though. Case in point was Charles Barkley's reaction to the winning shot. An ex NBA star running around with childlike wonder and joy. Fantastic. Love Barkley in those Capital One commercials with Samuel Jackson and Spike Lee. Funny.
Back to the losers. What is the go forward path?
Start sweeping the floors again. True in sports, work & play.