108 years!...That's longer than 99.99999% of us will be alive. It's also the amount of time that passed between World Series Championships for the Chicago Cubs and their fans.
I consider myself a "passive" baseball fan at most as I only catch of handful of major league games throughout the Summer. But last night watching the Cubs play the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series I got goosebumps before the first pitch was even thrown because I knew, no matter the outcome, the game would become part of American history.
When I saw the jubilation, celebration, and extreme joy in the reactions of Cub fans on social media after the final out I couldn't help but think about some of the lessons we could all learn from the whole Chicago Cubs organization and their loyal fans...
1) Never give up on your goals no matter how long it takes to get there.
Achieving anything worth a darn in life takes time. Think about it this way, the longer it takes you to get there, the sweeter the victory will be when you do. After 108 years I'm sure this one is as sweet as it gets!
2) When you aren't seeing progress change the process and your behaviors, not your goal.
The Cubs changed players, managers, front office employees, and strategies countless times before finally finding this combination that worked. It like trying to open a safe without knowing the combination. Over time you find that one combo that works!
3) Be gracious in your victories.
Don't burn bridges by putting your competitors down when you beat them. Competition in business, sports, and life (with the exception of politics) is not a personal attack on other people. Rather it's about trying to be the best at what you do. I believe the Cubs and their fans were good sports to the Indians team and fans for the effort they put forth. I call it "Winning like a champion."
Congrats to the Chicago Cubs and their fans on a job well done!
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