Famed Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi said it best, “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

For football players and business owners to “catch excellence” they need to adopt a heavy dose of work ethic to rise above their competition. Below are three ways entrepreneurs can borrow football’s playbook for starting a new business or franchise.

  1. Taking the Initiative
    What do quarterbacks and CEOs have in common? They both give direction to the rest of the team. Both must exhibit leadership, consistency, communication, and adaptability. These personality traits allow such leaders to connect with their team to score a win.
  2. Work Ethic
    Athletes do not sprout muscles overnight. It takes a great deal of time in the gym and practicing on the field to get to a professional level. They can’t just physically condition a few days leading up to a game. They must devote 365 days a year to get in top notch condition. Same goes for business owners.  Lasting success is rarely achieved by pure luck. Instead it is the day in and day out hard work that is done when no one else is around.
  3. Flexibility
    In business, there is a term for entrepreneurs known as pivoting. When something isn’t working out as planned, savvy business people must know how to change directions. In football, plays understand that same necessity. From weather to injuries, a football team must remain flexible. No one can predict the future, so it just makes sense to have a few back up plays in your playbook to effectively sidestep any barriers that come your way.

The next time you sit on the couch to watch professional football on television, remember just how much effort and determination it took those team players to get to where they are today. Stay strong and finish the course. As a business owner, you have more in common with your favorite football team than you might realize.

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