If you are a big fan of soccer or not, at least you knew or somebody told you that Portugal won European Championship against the host nation France. Despite the fact that you like or don’t like football or soccer as known in North America, you should have interesting lessons learned from such stunning win. In this article, we will highlight some of them as outlined below.
1. You Don’t Have to Start Perfect
In any job, business or even a course, you it is not mandatory that you have mindset that in order to be superior I need to start at full speed. From Portugal Euro2016 win lesson, you can learn that you may have a normal start or even a bad start and you can improve yourself over the course. Portugal started the group stages with normal performances and was qualified as best thirds. Even the superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missed out a penalty in their match against Austria. So you have to stick to your path in total. You don’t have to start fast but you can start slow and steady. Accordingly, you will not burnt out easily. Remember, achieving business or career goals is like a marathon race.
2. Luck Will Not Come From the Beginning
We cannot deny the fact that Portugal was a lucky team in Euro2016. Actually, Portugal was very lucky. Portugal qualified from the preliminary stages by three points only came from three draws. Portugal did not face a super giant team except in the final against the host nation (France)l. Portugal did not score in the 90 minutes except in the semi final against Wales while winning the other matches in the knock out stages either in extra time (Croatia) or penalty shootout (Poland).
Let’s have a flash back on Portugal history in this tournament. In Euro 2000, Portugal qualified to the semi final and lost against France with the golden goal rule. Afterwards, Portugal lost the Euro final against Greece in 2004. In 2012, Portugal lost again in the semi final against Span (Euro 2012 Champions) with the penalty shoot out.
After illustrating the history above, Portugal win of Euro2016 is not luck at all, Portugal tried many times in the past until it worked out well in Euro 2016. You can say that Portugal had little luck in Euro 2016, but remember that they faced bad luck in the final or semi-final stages in previous tournaments. If you want to be lucky, you have to try many times to find the luck. Luck does not come from first time (except for Lottery) and it won’t come for lazy people.
3. You Can Win Without Your Strong Assets
In Euro2016 final, Portugal suffered a catastrophe by losing their super hero Cristiano Ronaldo after 24 minutes in a strong challenge in Ronaldo’s left knee from Dimitri Payet (France midfielder). Imaging your team losing the best player and leaving the pitch with serious injury that may take many months. Despite this drawback, the Portuguese team continued the match and reach the extra time with a a great persistence and delivered a world class performance and finally win the trophy.
Does this mean that Portugal is better without Cristiano Ronaldo?
Absolutely, no. it is a matter that the team was put under pressure and all the players acted upon that accordingly.
In your business or career, you can be put in a situation without one of the super tools or resources that you have and you are required to perform and adapt based on that. Put in your mind you can work or win without your important tools or resources even it is important. This means that if you have the important tool, you can still work and perform.
4. The Surrounding Environment Are Not Obstacles
Portugal won the Euro2016 against France which played in their home soil and in front of their fans approximately 70 thousands. Simply, Portugal was required to be Europe champions in the home soil of their opponents. All the surrounding environments are in favor of France. Despite all these difficulties, Portugal played very well and they did not consider the entire surrounding environment and became the new champions.
In business and career, you can find giant competitors or co-workers who are more popular than you. In projects, you can anticipate that all the others are waiting for your small silly mistakes. Forget about that and focus on your work. The success in hard times is much way better and stronger.
5. Despite What happens, You Can Find a Role
Cristiano Ronaldo when got injured in the Euro2016 final, he returned back to the pitch. He was with his team encouraging and directing them to play as hard as possible. He was acting as an assistant coach for Portugal. Ronaldo did not say that I am injured and I cannot play so I would do nothing.
Sometimes, you will find yourself without a prime role. Encourage and help the rest of the team. You can create a prime role for yourself, you just need to focus.
6. Fight To The End
During the Euro2016 final match, all the people expected that the match was heading to the penalty shootout. Even the fans in the stadium were expecting this as Portugal was defending most of the time and they don’t attack. This has been changed when the substitute carrying number 9 in Portugal Eder came to the pitch. This substitute tried to push Portugal hard to score, he missed to score by a header in France a few moments when the great time came and he smashed a long range shot to make history for Portugal as this is their first major tournament trophy.
From the time Eder (the goal scorer) played, he was very active as he was the only striker who made hard times for France defenders. Be like Eder, fight till the end and don’t leave it for luck. Don’t make the expected scenario happens, do something unique and suddenly.
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