It dawned on me somewhere around the 7th round of Saturday night’s fight between Mayweather and Canelo:
Oh crap. I’m a counter-puncher.
Watching Floyd Mayweather use defense and the way he was responding to every move that Canelo made really wraps up the way that I am as an entrepreneur. I’m often asked what my five year plan is, or how, exactly, I’m going to buy The Jets. What am I going to do next with X? what am I doing in six months with Y? And my answer is always the same:
At which point I get the curious faces, and questions about whether or not I’m joking. Then I respond that the kind of businessman I am is the kind that is always reacting to other people’s actions. Their movement: What they’re doing, how they’re doing it, what they’re buying, what products they’re using. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s never been more important to be a counter-puncher, so I guess it’s not so surprising that this generation’s greatest boxer is one who reacts and responds to his competition very quickly.
Exactly what’s needed to be a successful marketer and businessman in 2014.