It seems we can learn a lot in life based on what we see in sports. For instance, I was always raised with the idea of turning my passion and competitive nature in sports into the same passion and competitive nature in the business world. It’s the same thing today as I tell my child, “Be like Michael Jordan today.” Sports does carry forward into the business world but today’s sports environment is making mistakes…a lot of them, and we need to be learning from them.
Last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and moved to the AFC Championship Game and will face off against the New England Patriots. The Steelers are now 1 step closer to the Super Bowl. That should be the end of the story but it sadly isn’t. After the game, in the locker room, while Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin, spoke to his team in the most passionate and deserving manner, Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, Antonio Brown, was airing the entire thing on Facebook Live! For those of you who played sports, whether in high school, college or professional, this is where we simply say, “What happens in the locker room, stays in the locker room.” It’s a pretty easy rule to follow. But, when you care more about your personal agenda and your ego, more than you care about your teammates, you get the result of your star Wide Receiver publicizing a private moment. Is nothing private today? Is nothing sacred? This is where businesses NEED to learn from such an egregious mistake. Plain and simple, by publicizing private moments, your job would be no more. This is not something I, personally, take lightly. TRUST is the main factor here and, whether it’s business, sports, or even personal life, TRUST is a must. It may be the most important aspect of one’s character, in the entire world.
Today, prominent Steelers players such as Ben Roethlisberger, came out and said Antonio Brown’s antics are “water under the bridge”, and that may very well be, but you’d have to imagine the trust factor inside the Steelers facility is greatly lacking. You’d have to imagine this hurts. We’ll find out this coming Sunday, based on their performance, but one can only hope Antonio Brown learns from this huge mistake as much as I hope the business professionals reading this will learn from his mistake.