What Do You Do In The Dark?

Keep working, even when nobody is watching

The Super Bowl is the most watched event on TV each year. Over 100 million people tune in to see the spectacle, advertisers pay $4 million dollars for 30 seconds of airtime, and players spend a lifetime of disciplined practice trying to win the game so they can call themselves champions. And last week the power went out in the stadium for 34 minutes.

There was no way to know if the power was going to be out for 2 minutes or 2 days; the cause could have been a blown fuse or a terrorist attack. The players could have speculated about the cause of power outage, ran into the locker room, or sat around talking to each other or the crowd. Instead, the players focused on the only thing they could control… themselves. They started stretching and moving to keep their bodies warm, knowing that the lights could come on at any second and they would have to be prepared to play without excuses. They took the free time to look over plays and compare observations with teammates. While nobody was watching they continued to do do the little things that would make a difference when the lights came on.

What do you do when the lights are out and nobody is watching? Are you sitting on your ass on the couch screaming “Yipee Ki Yay” while watching Die Hard for the 14th time, or are you reading a book on new sales techniques? Are you sitting around with your friends complaining about your job, or are you looking for new business models that may work for your organization?

One Moore Thing: What you do when nobody is watching is what separates the champs from the chumps.