The £222 million Lesson On Value.
It is, infact, stale to announce that the football world has experienced the unusual. A whopping £222 million was paid to have someone do what he loves doing best.
Who are we talking about?
He came into prominence at an early age at Santos, where he made his professional debut aged 17. He helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, Santos’ first continental title since 1963. He was twice named the South American Footballer of the Year, in 2011 and 2012, before relocating to Europe to join Barcelona. As part of Barça’s attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, he won the continental treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League in the 2014–15 season, followed the next year by the domestic double. He came third for the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2015. In August 2017, He moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in a transaction worth €222 million, making him the world’s most expensive player.
This person is Neymar Jr.
What does Neymar Jr.’s scenario teach us.
1. Start from where you are: Many people wait for the “perfect time.” The sad truth is there’s no such time. If you keep waiting for the perfect time, you wouldn’t do anything. Start that business with the smallest feature. There’s always a chance for expansion as Mark Zuckerberg notes,
“Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them.”
2. Be so good they can’t ignore you:
This one is inspired by Legendary Cal Newport. There are hundreds of thousands of football players. What differentiates Neymar is not because he is on a global platform but because he has nurtured the skills to be so good they can’t ignore him. Ask yourself? If you stop what you’re doing, in your organization or product/services as an entrepreneur. Will anyone feel your absence. If the answer is NO or partly NO, you have more work to do.
3. Overnight success is a myth:
Many people are delusional about the overnight success myth. Neymar started his youthful career in 1999 and fast forward 18 years, he left hundred of millions football lovers dumbfounded. Keep working, pushing, one day you will hit gold. Then you will have a story to tell.
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