World Cup Lessons

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable.

Watched the shocking semi final match on Okto. The clash between Brazil and Germany – who could ever forget about it?

I  may not know football a lot – I don’t really follow the progress and ups-and-downs in this crazy world of football – there’s lessons I learnt from that 90-minute match.

Focus. You have to stay focus. Focus at all time. As the world, and the host were recovering from the shocking third goal at 23′, Germany went ahead with its fourth – barely one minute later. I didn’t even manage to catch it. And I thought it was a replay. R.E.P.L.A.Y.

Competitive advantage. Psychological advantage. Nothing beats a first goal in the match. That’s what Germany aimed for. And to do that in the very beginning of the match. Once the first goal is scored, the winning team will have a morale boost but the the lagging team will be pressured to play catch up.

Consistency. You need to stay in form.  You have to follow strategy. Not just any strategy, but a winning strategy. A proven strategy that works. That brings results that you want.

Uncertainty. Nothing is certain. Not in life. And not in the football. You would expect a tight match between the two giants. And not a one-sided match. That’s just unbelievable.

Sportsmanship. Regardless of the end results, teams from both sides congratulated one another. That’s what competitive sports is all about. You give your very best, and you play with integrity. And to take winning (and losing) with a big heart.

In the end, there is no one winner and one loser. All are winners. And I walked away wiser – learning things from a simple game called football.

P/S: I even bought an away Germany jersey from qoo10 the other day.  I like its design. And most important of all, to remind me that I learn a few lessons from the mind-blowing football match of all time.

 

Meng

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