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How to Succeed Against All the Odds: Confidence Tip 134

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How to Succeed Against All the Odds and Avoid Failure

Do you ever look at the “big boys” in your industry or successful colleague at work and feel like their success is out of your reach?

A recent sporting event got me thinking about how to gain success against all the odds and inspired this week’s tip.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicked off last month to a win on home soil for the hosts, England.

But it wasn’t the opening match against Fiji that got everyone’s attention.

Japan, who haven’t won a World Cup match for over 24 years, pulled off the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history by beating 2007 champions, South Africa. The 34-32 score-line shows just how close – and hard fought – this match was.

What fascinated me was the life, career and business lessons you can learn from the Japanese team. And trust me, there’s definitely a lot you can learn from them.

So What Success Lessons Can We Learn from the Japanese Team?

  • They committed themselves to achieving an exciting and challenging goal they really cared about.
  • Even though they were the underdogs, Japan headed into Saturday’s game fully prepared. They upped their game, and proved that with the right planning and preparation they were a match for any team.
  • It would have been easy for Japan to admit defeat before the match, and go in with a totally different mind-set. And if they had? Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t be writing about them today. But because they got their heads in the right place, and truly believed that they had a chance of winning, they did. They headed out onto the pitch with their heads held high. No one expected them to win. The pressure was off. As a team, they had nothing to lose.
  • They’d worked hard in training and studied their competition. They didn’t waste time on negative comparisons between themselves and other teams. Instead, they modelled the success strategies of other teams.
  • They also got superb coaching and training so that they could learn the short cuts to success. They had great coaches who believed in them.

"I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable." John Russell

They made Rugby World Cup history and won their first game at the tournament for a quarter of a century.

What can you do this week, this month or this year that will see you get your head right and totally change the pace of play for your business or your career?

The “big boys” in your industry and your workplace were once where you are now. What could you do to get your head in the game, and go out there and play the match of your life?

What’s your next step to becoming more successful in your personal, business and career?

Discover some more choices below.

‘Madeleine Morgan Life, Career and Business Coaching, Cambridge UKWarm wishes, Madeleine

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Quotes of the Week about Success Against the Odds

  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.” Elon Musk
  • “Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork - all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur.“ Darell Hammond
  • “Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” Robert Jarvik
  • “Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” Pete Carroll
  • "I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities." Bob Nardelli, former CEO, Home Depot
  •  “….many companies….offer coaching as a prerequisite to proven managers, in the understanding that everyone can benefit from a detached observer.” Harvard Business Review

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