Three things happened over the weekend and it really had to make you think about how close winning and losing can be, both in sport and in business. And how being blinded by winning/glory, allow you to make some really bad choices.
- In the morning, rookie JR Hildebrand crashed on lap 199 on turn 4 and finished 2nd
- In the evening Dale Jr. ran out of gas on the last turn of the last lap and could not win
- And yesterday, the Head Coach for the Ohio State University Football team stepped down because of misdoings.
What can we learn from these three things?
Is the risk worth the Reward – Ask yourself is the risk I am going to take worth the reward at the end….the glory of being the 9th rookie to win the 100th running of the Indy 500? Pass slower traffic, something he had done laps earlier, and miss one car, and JR is the champ. Makes the wrong move and the National Guard car (pretty ironic for Memorial Day) goes into the wall. Still finished 2nd. With great risk, comes great reward. That fine line between greatness and an after thought.
Hard work is Measured by Success – It does not happen all of the time, but hard work and dedication result in a victory. If either of the eventual race champions would have given up laps earlier, they would have not been on the winners circle.
Once a Cheater, always a Cheater – You cheat the system long enough and you will get caught. Playing the system within the rules but being unethical OR just flat performing illegal activities will result in you being caught. You can fool some people some of the time, but in the long run you will slip up and be caught. Run your life with integrity and stuff like this does not happen.
I will leave you with this video. This is from Tin Cup, and it shows both sides. The great risk and the great reward….although on the 5th attempt.