The Super Bowl has many meanings to millions of people who will be watching this year. Some will watch for pure interest, some for the excitement of it all, while others will watch just for the commercials. For whatever reason, we have to recognize what the Super Bowl actually represents.
For those unfamiliar with the Super Bowl – this is the annual National Football League’s championship game played by the two teams that had the best winning record in their conference or division. This game epitomizes the idea that the cream rises to the top. Only those with great competitive spirit will make it to the Super Bowl.
As with you, your competitive spirit will take you places where your experiences may not. To be successful in anything, your competitive spirit must persevere. Perseverance is the inner drive that moves you forward when you have been knocked down. The 2014 Super Bowl contenders, Seahawks and Broncos, were both defeated twice this season; but after each loss, they came back even stronger and defeated their next opponent. One’s true measure isn’t about the number of defeats, but how one handles them.
Let’s take the job search, for example. I would guess that approximately 95% of applicants have applied for jobs for which they were told they weren’t qualified. If you’re in this situation, persevere through the disappointment and keep moving to the next opportunity. But know, that just because you have perseverance, doesn’t mean success will come easy. It takes a lot of effort and hard work to get to where you want to go. It’s impossible to have a competitive spirit without work ethics. The teams in the NFL worked hard during the season. Whether they won or lost every game, it didn’t matter. Hard work is a requirement because players understand that without it, they don’t have a chance of competing in the Super Bowl.
This current job market is extremely competitive. You are competing against others with just as impressive resumes and work experience. To stand above the rest – Research. The two teams playing in the big game didn’t just play to win; they researched the competition to determine what areas their own team needed to improve. Research is key to being successful and strengthening that competitive spirit. When applying for a company or when a company is looking for a great candidate, the utilization of the Internet or social media is vital to determine if the culture, history, needs or desires is a good match or not. Your research will also better prepare you for the interview and whatever questions you may have about the company.
Let’s face the facts, the Super Bowl is played annually and every team wants to be the winner. However, most people will only be watching from a distance, and that’s true about life. If you want to be successful and not watch others’ success from a distance, get in the game and have that competitive edge. Work hard to make goals and meet goals, then do your research to ensure that the path you are taking is in the right direction. Finally, if you find yourself doing all of these things and still falling down, get back up and persevere.
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.