I made up for my lack of skill with speed and enthusiasm.
Soccer was my obsession growing up. I played it all day on the road from when I was allowed out on the road. At 13 I joined the first organised team in the area and played with various teams until my fifties. I made up for my lack of skill with speed and enthusiasm. The dream was to be discovered by Manchester United – and still was when I was 50! I would even have gone to Spurs.
I think being able to read the game only comes with experience.
As I got older and lost some of my speed, I compensated by learning how to read the game. In my later football career, I wished I had had the ability to read the game when I was still fast – but I think being able to read the game only comes with experience.
I now know I should have used other people’s experience more
Not every life lesson has a parallel in business, but I believe this one does. When I was starting out in my business career, I wish I knew then what I know now – but that is the nature of experience and it only comes with time. Looking back on my business career, I now know I should have used other people’s experiences more. It would not have been a sign of weakness, it would have been a sign of being smart.
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