By Michael Watt
One of the many reasons why I follow sports – baseball and football, primarily – is because the whole sporting scene is a metaphor for life in general and the business community in particular.
Take the Jets debacle last night, for instance. I am not a Jets fan, per se, but I do follow the team to a certain extent and I do find them somewhat fascinating. If you know anything about this team, you know they scored one of the biggest upsets in sports history more than 40 years ago and it’s been nothing but heartache for their fandom ever since.
Especially this week. As my cousin Chris pointed out, watching the build up to last night’s game after more than a week off was like watching a car wreck happen in slow motion, over and over again. And yet, by the time this Sunday’s game comes around, Jets fans will be once again proclaim their team to be the best. They will say that last night was an aberration, and that the team will run the table for the rest of the season. No doubt the Jets will do just that – if only to set up their fans’ for another heart-breaking spectacle like last night.
It is Lucy promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown, only to pull it away at the last second so Charlie lands on his back – a classic, running gag from the old Peanuts comic strip – all over again.
I find that life likes to promise to hold the football for us from time to time, only to pull it away at the last second. Especially in the business world. You get a lead. You pursue a lead. You ignore all the telltale signs that the lead will not come to fruition for whatever reason seems logical at the moment. Then, as you get close, the lead dissipates into the nether world of excuses and bad timing. It can be frustrating, to say the least.
But you have to keep the faith, and keep trying. You can’t not try to kick the ball. As Wayne Gretsky famously said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” Some people never get the ball yanked away from them. We don’t like those people.
So tee it up, Jets fans. One of these days you will see the Promised Land of the Super Bowl. You have to believe that, and live your life accordingly. I know I do.
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Michael Watt is the president of Long Island Inc., a marketing and communications strategies firm. For more information visit www.longislandinc.com.