The Chicago Cubs endured 108 years of losses before winning the 2016 World Series in a game seven for the ages. Their triumph is a reminder of the power of “showing up” and persevering through obstacles and setbacks and how doing so can get you on track to business success.
Showing up is not just about being physically present. Take that game-seven win. At the bottom of the eighth inning, Chicago lost a three-run lead; the score went from 6-3 to 6-6. It would have been easy for the Cubs to give up. But they didn’t. Instead, they regrouped, got through the ninth inning and scored two runs in the top of the 10th. The game was not over, though, as the Cleveland Indians put up a fight when they came to bat.
But the Cubs showed up. They kept battling and didn’t fall back on stories about curses. And you can apply this example to business. You’re late for the presentation, or you forgot the finance numbers printout. Whatever the case, it seems your chronic bad luck has struck again. Instead of falling back on excuses that will lead you to do a lackluster job, show up and give everything you’ve got. Look at the positive side. You’re down in a hole, sure, but you have the opportunity to construct a ladder to get out.
Persevering Through Obstacles and Setbacks
So what are some other business lessons to learn from this World Series win? One is to accept the things you can’t change — and perhaps even use them to your advantage.
For example, the Cubs had to wait through a 15-minute rain delay in the 10th inning before they were able to bat again. That delay could have really thrown off the Cubs’ rhythm and served as further evidence that they were not meant to win. Instead, the players took that time to breathe and prepare for what was to come. You might not have the fortune of a “rain delay,” but if you need to take a minute or two to breathe before a critical presentation, do so. Better that than rushing into it looking panicky and unprepared. And if you’re struggling with a delay you don’t want, make that time work for you.
There’s also something to be said about having confidence in yourself and your team.
Aroldis Chapman, who gave up the runs in the eighth inning, had long proved himself a good performer and did well in the ninth. He, and the Chicago Cubs, are a great example of the success that people can find by showing up and overcoming obstacles.