Those of you that have either worked alongside me and my team, or simply have followed me for awhile, know two things: 1) I recently graduated from the University of Michigan, and 2) I’m a huge sports fan.
Thus, for as long as I can remember, I’ve spent Saturdays throughout the Fall watching (and attending) Michigan football games. It’s truly one of the premier experiences in the country. Having upwards of 110,000 people come together week in and week out hoping for the same outcome provides both excitement and nervousness like nothing else can.
But for the purposes of this blog post, I want to go back to before I was a devoted Wolverines fan…and even back to before I was born:
After the 1968 season – before Michigan had cemented itself as a football powerhouse – the team hired coach Bo Schembechler to lead the team back to dominance. In an attempt to create a winning culture, his difficult and grueling first training camp caused 65 of the 140 players to quit before the season even started.
Undeterred, Schembechler promised the remaining roster that their efforts would be well rewarded, and provided one of the greatest quotes in the sports world of all time:
“Those Who Stay Will Be Champions!”
This quote still hangs above the team’s locker room, and has become a slogan that exemplifies what Michigan football is all about.
And he didn’t disappoint either. The Wolverines have since become the all-time winningest program in college football, and have accumulated 903 wins and 42 Big Ten Championships.
So while you may or may not be a football fan, there’s a lesson to be taken from this story:
When you first start your online business, it’s probably going to be tough. You won’t make a million dollars overnight. Instead, you’ll probably struggle for many months, and maybe even a few years, before you start to see results. It’s during this time, when you’re spending hours trying to learn what to do and not having anything to show for it, that it’d be easy to quit. Instead of putting all of your effort towards creating a system that will pay off later, it’d be easy to simply give up and say it doesn’t work.
But remember that if you decide to throw in the towel, it’ll be those who stay the course that will experience the success they deserve…and BECOME CHAMPIONS!
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