Football means different things to different people. For some people, it means a mode of edge of the seat adrenaline rush. For others, it means a fast paced sport that makes for wonderful entertainment. Whatever it might mean to different people, there is no denying the fact that football is indeed “The Beautiful Game”. The best part about it is, the beauty of the game does not end with the referee’s whistle. Apart from a wide array of emotions, football leaves us with numerous life lessons that can make our lives better forever if incorporated. Here are a few valuable life lessons that can be learnt from the most popular sport on the planet.
4 Life lessons to learn from football
1. Consistent hard work bears fruit
The date was 13th May 2006. The stadium was Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was Liverpool FC vs. West Ham United for the FA Cup final. In front of a capacity crowd, West Ham United zoomed into 2-0 lead within the first 30 minutes of the game. However, Liverpool and their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard were in no mood to go home as losers that day. The firm belief of the team led them to finally equalize in the dying moments of the game, with Gerrard scoring a wonderful long range goal to make the scores 3-3 and take the game to extra time. Liverpool eventually won the game on penalties and this match became known for the winning team’s desire to work hard throughout the match. Just like this, in life, there are many times when things go against us. All we can do then is to make sure that we keep working hard towards our aims and chipping off at the road blocks one at a time.
2. You need to invest in your future
Football is laced with stories of an underdog team winning a major championship even without investing a lot of money into their squad. Most people will point to Leicester City FC winning the English Premier League title in 2015-16. While this makes for a wonderful romanticism in football, it also points to the chances of success being really low, with the most successful football teams around the world being the ones that were ready to invest in their squads and getting the right players in to help the team achieve success. Successful football franchises always think of the long term when it comes to investment in the team’s future, which is something you should also consider. Just like football, in life you need to make sure that you are investing for a more secure future. Investing in the policies like ULIPs can help you make for a better future for yourself and your family, while investing in term insurance policies helps you ensure that your family’s future is secure even in the cases of any unfortunate incidents.
3. Communication is extremely important
Whether it is with your colleagues or your family members, communication is extremely important in all walks of life. That is another big lesson that you can take from football. There have been countless incidents where a team’s players failed to communicate effectively on the pitch, resulting in the team conceding a totally avoidable goal or missing a straightforward opportunity to score what could have been the easiest goal to score. Similarly, it is important that you maintain effective communication with people on your team, be it your family members or work colleagues. The excuse of “I’m just a quiet person by nature” is something that won’t help you in the long run.
4. Never give up
Anyone who has ever played football has been given this piece of advice. However bad the circumstances might get, you never give up till the final whistle. Football games like the 2005 Champions League final where Liverpool FC came from 3 goals down to defeat AC Milan in a miraculous night at Istanbul, or more recently FC Barcelona wiping out a 4 goal deficit in the dying moments of a game against Paris Saint Germain FC, are just 2 of the many instances where the team reaped the rewards for a never say die attitude.