The Long Wait Begins


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Greetings.  The World Cup ended Sunday with Spain defeating the Netherlands in a game that didn’t quite live up to the expectations set by these two remarkably talented teams.  But it was an interesting game still–marked by very physical play, some great chances for both sides, and a record number of yellow cards–that took almost 120 minutes to produce its only goal.  I guess the beauty of football (a.k.a., “soccer”) takes many forms.  

For loyal football fans and others just getting into the sport, the game also marked the end of an amazing month filled with genius, teamwork, stirring performances, national pride, and the unique passion of this grand event.  And it brought us the opportunity to see a new and more hopeful picture of South Africa–a country with great challenges and great promise.  During almost daily broadcasts throughout the tournament our eyes and hearts were opened to a country filled with beautiful faces, inspiring music and culture, great diversity, spectacular landscapes, and the dreams of people of all ages.

Now the long wait until the next World Cup begins.  And with it, another chance to see the simple magic of a ball, a beautiful game, and a world filled with endless possibilities for all of us.

We win in business, soccer, and life when we bring passion and genius to the things that matter most.  And when we put teamwork above our own glory.  Four years until the next World Cup in Brazil.  Four years to fill with practice, inspiration, and learning more about ourselves, each other, and even geography.

Cheers and have a great week ahead!

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Alan Gregerman
Alan Gregerman is an award-winning author, consultant and keynote speaker who has been called "one of the most original thinkers in business today" and "the Robin Williams of business consulting." His work focuses on helping companies and organizations to unlock the genius in all of their people in order to deliver the most compelling value to their customers.


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