The excitement of the MLB’s (@MLB) Opening Day may be behind us, with just about all 30 teams having now kicked off their season (aside from a little interference from Mother Nature), but there is so much that we can take away from the last couple of days. And while we are sport fans at heart, the lessons from #OpeningDay go well beyond the stats and the plays on the field, also extending to any entrepreneurs or small business owners! So, as we embark on the 2017 baseball campaign over the next several months, we will keep with us these #OpeningDay teachings!
1. Your season won’t be won or lost on day one
As tried and true baseball fans, we know how easy it is to overreact to your team’s #OpeningDay performance. Let’s face it, the build-up is seemingly endless, you’ve waited for so long to cheer on the boys of summer once again, and you want nothing more than to start things off in winning fashion. But whether a team wins or loses their season opener, there is still a lot of baseball to be played. No team has ever won a World Series or been eliminated from contention in early April and they never will, just like your small business won’t rise to the top of the ranks or crumble to the ground before you even really get your feet under you. After the initial rush of that first day, there is still plenty to do for your business and plenty of ways to make your case as a championship-calibre group. So whether you win or lose at the start, remember that your first day is just a drop in the bucket!
2. Even the best of the best have an off day
As we said before, expectations are never higher than they are on #OpeningDay, especially as your team rolls out what is likely the ace of their pitching staff and their grade-A lineup. Behind the prowess of a Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22), Madison Bumgarner, or Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) and powered by the sweet stroke of Mike Trout (@MikeTrout), Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts), or Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23), it’s easy to expect dominance. But even if you seemingly have all-star calibre people running the show for your business, that doesn’t mean you should expect a perfect game every time they take to the mound or a home run every at bat. There will be off days, there will be lulls, there will be plenty of things that don’t go your way, so for every #OpeningDay home run from Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) or pitching gem from Kershaw, there will be a dud from the likes of Cory Kluber or Masahiro Tanaka (@t_masahiro18). But remember, one bad outing does not a career make. For any disappointing performances that may come from your MVPs, never overlook the overall value that they bring to your organization.
3. Take the opportunity to soak it all in
You never know how many opportunities you will have to suit up for an #OpeningDay, so you need to take the time to appreciate where you are and what you’re doing. The atmosphere is electric, the anticipation is at an all-time high, and the excitement of what lies ahead is unmatched. The same can be said for those who launch and operate a small business. For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so every step of the process, every part of the launch, and all of the excitement that goes along with it should be recognized and appreciated for what it’s worth. It is no small task to be part of a Major League roster come #OpeningDay, just like it is no small task to take your entrepreneurial vision and turn it into a small business reality, so you can’t let the experience pass without enjoying what it’s all about.
The bottom line is that, while many people place a lot of stock in these #OpeningDay performances, true success stories go well beyond this initial encounter. There is plenty of baseball to be played and plenty of business that lies ahead once the dust settles on #OpeningDay, so while it’s important to appreciate the situation you’re in, you can’t go all-in after a single day. To truly be a championship-calibre team, you have to play the long game, and that means an outlook well beyond game one!