Overcoming Adversity – Next Man Up
For National Football League fans across the world, the month of August is a time of excitement and anticipation. Training camps come to a close, preseason games begin, and week one of the NFL season is just around the corner. Fans of their respective teams passionately watch to see how new free agent acquisitions and drafted and undrafted rookies perform next to the tried and true veterans on their favorite teams. No matter how badly their team performed the previous year, fans dream during the month of August that their team will come together and make the playoffs. Diehard fans have already calculated what their team needs to do to win the Super Bowl and bring home the Lombardi Trophy in January.
During the month of August, events often occur that can dampen the enthusiasm of even the most passionate fan. Normally these events come in the form of injuries. Football is a very physical game and unfortunately, from time to time, takes its toll in the form of season-ending injuries to players. 2013 has been particularly brutal as players such as Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin, Jeremy Maclin, Bryan Bulaga, Dan Koppen, Danario Alexander and Jared Veldheer will miss most, if not all, of the season due to injury. There are numerous other players who have or will suffer similar fates.
In the NFL, coaches are routinely available to the media. In the hours and days that follow a serious injury to one of their starting players, reporters often ask the head coach a variety of questions regarding the severity of the injury, the significance of losing that player, and what the plans are to replace that player in their starting lineup. After going through the details of the particulars, NFL coaches will often simply utter the phrase, “Next Man Up.”
Next Man Up is a powerful mantra in the NFL. Next Man Up signifies that no matter what happens to our team, there will be no excuses. No matter what happens, our team will strive forward to win games and pursue a Super Bowl Trophy. Next Man Up means that no matter how valuable the player that got injured was, the replacing player will be expected to perform at a level of excellence. Next Man Up claims that we have a game to play this week and despite the recent adversity we are going to win that game.
There are countless examples in the National Football League where teams have accomplished great things despite facing tremendous adversity. Even with the most important position – quarterback – teams have lost their starter and have gone on to win the Super Bowl. In 1979, Vince Ferragamo took over after Pat Haden was injured and led the Rams to Victory. Jim Plunkett did the same the following year after starter Dan Pastorini broke his leg. Ten years later, Jeff Hostetler led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory after a Phil Simms injury.
Teams in the NFL have a clear goal: make the playoffs and then win the Super Bowl. Next Man Up serves as the rallying cry for each team to make sure that they stay focused on that goal whenever adversity occurs. Much like life, NFL coaches know that adversity is not just likely, but almost guaranteed to occur on some level. Next Man Up ensures that when that adversity occurs, it will not be used as an excuse by them or their players.
Next Man Up in Your Entrepreneurial Endeavors
Just like the NFL, you can count on adversity and setbacks to occur in your chosen entrepreneurial field. Do not be surprised when adversity occurs as almost everyone that ever succeeded in business has to overcome it on some level. What separates those who succeed from those that fail is often simply the ability to overcome adversity when it happens. While they may not use a mantra such as Next Man Up, they do evoke a similar mindset that allows them to persevere no matter what is thrown at them.
This mindset forces them to look for solutions to problems rather than dwell on excuses. These individuals have a goal and they know that no matter what occurs, they will succeed and reach that goal. Those with this mindset know that adversity is just the cost of doing business and a small hurdle to overcome on their way to success.
Real estate investors with a Next Man Up mindset brush off setbacks that come their way:
- When an offer is turned down, they simply look for a new property to make another offer.
- When they try and unsuccessfully negotiate a lease options deal, they look for a new opportunity knowing that success will occur.
- When they overestimate the amount of repairs that might be needed for a rehab project, they look for solutions to their problem.
- When they attend a tax liens auction and fail to purchase a lien, they find out when the next auction is taking place and plan on attending.
Stock Traders with a Next Man Up mindset push through adversity in its many forms:
- When a trade doesn’t work out, they simply look for the next good trade setup to occur and pull the trigger.
- When days go by and no trade setups occur, they wake up the next day eager to peruse through their charts without worrying whether it will be a “wasted” day.
- When a particular strategy is not producing results, they examine the strategy to see if they are executing it wrong but are not afraid of using it again if their testing tells them to do so.
There are countless ways things can go wrong. However, a Next Man Up mindset will allow you to face all forms of adversity and overcome the obstacles that come your way. If you are a NFL fan, you can panic if your starting quarterback goes down as you have no control and must sit there and watch and hope. However, in your life you have total control and the stakes are too important to not be prepared to overcome anything that life throws at you.