Full disclosure, I am not a huge baseball fan and Game 7 last night was likely my first time in a very long in which I watched entire baseball game from the first pitch to the last. But, I am a fan to sports and big moments like the ones that unfolded last night in Cleveland. I had been rooting for Cleveland for the entire series as I am from Ohio. But the Cubs won in such a way to finally break the curse I feel as though there are three things we can all learn from the Chicago Cubs win last night, baseball fan or not.
The Cubs offense last night appeared be very strong. The scored when the needed too and swung took what the pitcher gave them. The principal of “Swing Away” or “Having a strong offense” can be related to how we operate in business, sales, or leadership. Being aggressive in how you swing your bat during a sales meeting can be the difference between winning the deal or losing it. Go on the offensive in business with your marketing and branding. Not all sales or business will come your way, sometimes you have make it happen by “swinging away” or “having a good offense”.
As mentioned previously, I am not an expert on baseball, but I do appreciate competitions and sport. It appeared to me that the Cubs batters had really studied the types of pitches they would be seeing last night through focused preparation. You could argue that this was a 7th game they have played against Cleveland in 11 days but there is something to be said about the preparation of a team facing an opponent. When you are facing and “opponent” such as a big meeting, or oppositional prospect, take the time needed to prepare. Know their tendencies and prepare for what you can expect in that meeting or sales call. Know what you are going to say and how you are going to respond.
Any way you dice it, coming back from being down 3-1 in the series is pretty impressive. The perseverance of the Cubs throughout the series is to be admired. Even last night, Cleveland tied the game twice and Chicago still came out firing afterward. The guts of that team to rise up and continue to fight for the win are one of the great treasures of sport and life. We can often find ourselves feeling down and out when things aren’t going our way, but reaching down deep and finding that inner fire to keep fighting toward the finish line, goal, tough sale, or just the end of the day is what pushing through is all about.
Inspiring stories come from all levels of sport, but the one last night was at the highest level and was one for the ages. To break the curse and come back from being down in the series is truly a special moment for Cubs fans. No matter your allegiance, one must admit, it was a helluva game.
Zach is a Mortgage Advisor with State Bank in Dublin, OH. He writes and speaks regularly on the mortgage industry, personal finance, business development, and leadership. His focused approach on educating clients through the mortgage process allows him to help hundreds of new homeowners each year.
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