Commonly, many entrepreneurs share an interest in a competitive sport, some often take part in, but it’s much more than just a hobby, it’s a part of the entrepreneurial life, it’s a part of their mentality and a natural instinct to win. Managing director Matthew Goodchild of Chicago Vision, is personally a great supporter of basketball and as an entrepreneur, he knows all too well about the strength and courage it takes to aim high and take as many shots as you can. Direct marketing specialist and self made entrepreneur Matthew Goodchild, looks at the parallels between shooting toward the hoop and shooting for success.
“We are trained to win the same, we play the game the same way. I encourage my team to remain consistent, when closing a sale, they must keep the ball in their court, remove obstacles, and always, always, take more than enough shots, more shots equal the more chances they have to hit their goals” says Matthew Goodchild of Chicago Vision.
There are many similarities between the entrepreneur and the basketball player, the determination to win, the practise which goes into taking shots, the repetition and level of consistency developed to improve their strengths in the game and in the world of business world” explains Matthew. Here, Matthew Goodchild shares with us the similarities and mindset of basketball players and entrepreneurs, which he encourages his team of marketing specialists to adopt.
“You must adopt a winner’s mindset, remember, Muhammad Ali famously told himself, that he was a winner before he even knew it, and that allowed him to stay positive whilst making his dreams a reality” says Matthew Goodchild. Sports people and entrepreneurs will experience both victories and defeat when aiming toward the target, but the true competitor realises that they need to remain focused on the long term goal, and consistently ‘bounce back’, before trying again.
Take More Shots
“Failure to take a shot, is a missed opportunity. You may never know if that shot may have landed you exactly where you want to be, it may have taken you one step closer to your success. Michael Jordan has famously missed more than 900 shots throughout his career as a professional basketball player, but the most important thing, is that he took those 900 shots, he gave himself more chances to succeed and because of that, he is a winner” says Matthew Goodchild.
Physical and Spiritual Strength
Entrepreneurs across the world know how focused they are when they feel physically and mentally strong, and competitive sport is just as effective at energising the body and brain.
Basketball players and entrepreneurs who consistently take every shot given to them, gain an inner belief in their own ability to try and their chances of winning. “The more shots you make, under high pressure, the stronger and more confident you will become in your own ability, and you will think like a winner and the results will follow” explains managing director of Chicago Vision, Matthew Goodchild.