My Seahawks just lost the Super Bowl.
Although the game was intense, engaging, and filled with an appropriate level of humorous million dollar commercials – it’s still painful to watch my favorite team come so far and lose in the last moments.
Hanging my head low in defeat on my quiet drive home, I did some deep soul searching to help the grieving process and had an epiphany.
Football is great; but business is better.
Now, before you get your undies in a bundle, hang with me while I explain.
1.) In Business, I Make The Calls
With just seconds left in the game, and down by just three points, the Seahawks had an almost guaranteed win. They had just 1 yard to go and four attempts to make it there – and this is what #24 running back Marshawn Lynch is built for. (That, and eating Skittles and avoiding the press.)
And instead the call was given for Quarterback Russel Wilson to throw the ball to Ricardo Lockette and, in a horrific moment Seahawks’ fans will never forget, Malcolm Butler, a rookie cornerback for The Patriots, intercepted the ball and like that: the game was lost.
All this because of a stupid decision by someone on the Seahawks coaching team.
I had absolutely NO control over the outcome of this game. I was purely a spectator and no level of shouting at the TV was going to change anything.
Perhaps the reason I love the “sport of business,” as Mark Cuban calls it, is because in this game, I make the calls. I decide the outcome of the game. I am responsible for my success and my defeat.
Like the Seahawks, I won’t always win every fight… but at least the battle is mine.
If my rental properties aren’t performing right, it’s my fault and I have the power to fix it.
If I am short on funds for my next big project, I get to determine the path to raise more capital.
If BiggerPockets.com isn’t growing at the speed I want, I can make the changes necessary to find success.
Because I make the calls.
(okay… on BiggerPockets Josh makes the calls. But you get the point! )
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