Lessons from Pele

At the end of the day you get out what you put in, and even then there is no guarantee of success, but at least you know you’ve put a shift in.

Class Teaching

In the 1970 World Cup semi-final, Brazil played Uruguay.  Pele was playing and this was one of the most talked about moments in the game:

I think there’s much to learn from this clip and the approach of Pele.  If you knew very little about football, hadn’t heard of Pele and just saw this – you might think Pele was a pretty poor footballer for missing the goal.  However, Brazil went on to win this game, and then beat Italy in the final – with Pele being key to this.  Although he missed the goal, the dummy beforehand was a moment of brilliance.  Pele scored 1283 goals in his career.  He was a remarkable player.

So what is there to learn from this?

  • In the same way as making a judgement about Pele as a football player, based on this miss, would be a nonsense, so is making a judgement about a…

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