Boxer David Haye’s victory at the weekend over someone more than a foot taller and several stones heavier was impressive. He certainly deserved to become a heavyweight world champion.
What impressed me even more was how he’d prepared for the title-fight, since the age of about four. In an interview after the bout, he revealed how, from his early days, he had told his mother and everyone else who would listen that he would one day be world champion.
Once he’d told hundreds of people, he felt he could hardly do anything else other than keep to his word, and take that world title.
Which makes me think that we should all be more open about our business goals. Saying what we’re going to do could help two things happen.
Firstly, like David Haye, we’ll be encouraged to keep our public promises.
But secondly, in the business world, we’ll very likely find people who want to help us, and join us on our journey to success.
Matthew Goldsbrough says
There’s a good article picking up on this point and taking it further, over at Ian Aspin’s site.