Losing Really Sucks But It’s How Quickly You Recover From It That Matters
Cam Newton was understandably devastated and in a foul mood last night following his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos.
He ignored multiple questions, and when he did answer, for the most part, he gave one-word responses before abruptly leaving his post-game press conference after less than 3 minutes on the mic.
Could he have handled himself better?
Probably Definitely, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever experienced a loss in my sales career anywhere near that magnitude. As they say, before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
After going 15-1 in the regular season and going into the game’s greatest contest as 4.5 point favourites, his team’s league-leading offense faltered under the pressure of Denver’s dominant defense and gave up sacks, dropped balls and turned the ball over.
You have to give credit to Von Miller and company for an outstanding performance but Cam Newton and his team mates clearly didn’t play at their best.
And those are the kinds of losses, both in football and in sales, that are especially hard to take.
The one’s where you know you’re the favorite to win but for whatever reason, maybe overconfidence, you just don’t execute to your ability and don’t get the order and the commission check. The shoulda, coulda, woulda’s.
How do you bounce back from these setbacks? I don’t know, they are bitter pills. Go to the gym to lift some weights. Go for a run. Go for a Budweiser!
But whatever you do, find a way to get over it and to get over it quick. And learn from it and vow never to repeat the same mistake.
That’s what matters and that’s a big part of what separates the winners from the losers in sales.