Whatever your opinion about football, unless you hibernate for the summer, you will have watched with varying degrees of interest as the England national football team made progress towards their first World Cup final since 1966.
All that came to end on Wednesday evening when they failed to beat Croatia in the semi-finals.
Let’s hope that we don’t forget what has been achieved. Gareth Southgate and his team have not only laid to bed the penalty shoot-out ghosts of the past, they have also exceeded most pundits’ expectations of their ability to progress in the competition.
Success breeds success. The England players will inspire young men and women to take up the sport and they in turn will form the bedrock of future England teams. Better kicking a football around the park than developing repetitive strain injury whilst bent over some electronic device.
Hopefully, the vibe will resonate in business circles. Success in business is the result of 90% hard work, but the odd injection of inspiration is not to be ignored.
It is interesting to consider the nature of success. Is it winning or is it competing? Perhaps a combination of the two. What is clear, is that competing, in sport or business leads to success if participants – teams and businesses – learn from mistakes and grow in stature as a direct result.
What can we take from England’s progress in the last few weeks? That you can defy the naysayers, that you can create your own history – one that is not limited by the past – and maybe, experience that winning or succeeding includes giving it your best shot.
Well done England.