Hockey players bloody success formula

Over the Easter weekend, in between hacking up a lung, I watched a little bit of the NBA playoffs and a lot of the NHL playoffs and I noticed some big differences between the players of the two sports.

In basketball, ANY little injury seems to put the player out of the game. These guys barely get touched and they flop on the floor. (Don’t get me going about fouls that seem to stop the game every 30 seconds or so.) And God forbid if someone gets elbowed in the head! He’s out for at least a game.

Contrast that with hockey players. These dudes get checked into the boards, slashed with sticks, etc. and you basically have to take them out on a stretcher for them to leave the game.

Take for example Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski had his face bloodied by a puck yesterday. He, of course, came back into the game because that’s what hockey players do.

So what’s the point of my little rant?  Simply this…

Work ethic.

Ever since Tim Ferriss’ blockbuster book, The 4-Hour Workweek came out, people are looking for “hacks” to do less work. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tim’s book and, in fact, just re-read it but not so I could do less but be more productive and focus on what really matters.

I have a lot of high-powered, extremely successful business friends and every single one of them works their arses off but not just for the money because they are passionate about what they do. They enjoy their work.

I remember when I was a full time entertainer, I got the flu right before a big show I had to do. I had a high fever and felt horrific but I sucked it up and did the show because my client and her audience were counting on me.

Last week I had to cancel a group training call I was doing. It was the first time I can remember that I ever had to do that and I felt really bad about letting people down. However, I literally had no voice. It wasn’t that it was rough or scratchy, I couldn’t talk at all. There was no option other than to cancel. (If you registered for this call, I will be rescheduling very soon.)

There are a number of lessons here:

  1. Design your business so you’re doing the things you’re best at, that you enjoy and that give you the highest leverage.
  2. Work passionately hard.
  3. Be like a hockey player and get back into the game when you get knocked down.

Pretty good success formula, methinks.

Kick butt, make mucho DEEnero!

Dave “Missing Hockey In Atlanta” Dee

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