With the Michigan football team winning the national championship last night, I was a happy man – along with many of my friends.
There are so many business lessons to be learned from sports. One such lesson from last night (I’m sure there are many others) was trust and patience.
Around 2017-2020, people talked sh*t about coach Harbaugh. I was one of them. Michigan kept losing big games and everyone’s patience was running thin (“How much was the guy being paid again?”)
People complained about “same old boring play style”. But after Michigan winning last night, media headlines touted “old school Big Ten football”. Funny how execution and result change the narratives and exactly the same thing gets said differently.
Even after a dreadful 2020 season (a 2-4 record), the school continued putting in the trust and giving Harbaugh a chance, and he finally won the championship in year 9.
Your best player or manager on the team could be struggling. But if you know in you bones that he’s the guy, have faith and patience. Honestly there’s no guarantee, the result could be 50/50 and you might just end up wasting more time, but it produces such an inspiring human story if the patience finally does pay off.