1986, was not only the best year to be born (not biased at all..) but was also the start of one of the most successful careers in football management. As you may have heard (or not if you are like my sister!) Alex Ferguson retired as manager of Manchester United Football Club. For me this was a very upsetting time as the he had been the driving force of my beloved football team since the day I was born. Since he announced his retirement I have enjoyed reading the reflections on his career which have put into perspective the enormous success and inspiration he was.
In some way, shape or form we all want success. Whether that is in our job, in our sports teams or in our family life, we want to accomplish something. So how can we be successful? Here are some ideas on how to be successful using Sir Alex’s way…
1: Imagine Success
Einstein said “the imagination is more important than knowledge”. Sir Alex dreamed of success and made it a reality. Of course there were bumps along his journey, we all know he is known for his controversy with the likes of Beckham (remember the boot to the head!). However, he got the job done with an extraordinary 38 trophies across 27 seasons, including; 13 League Titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 10 Charity or Community Shields,European Cup-Winners Cup, 2 Champions League Trophies, European Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and FIFA World Club Cup. (Sorry for the little factoid there but WOW!) So…dream and imagine your success to enable the ball to start rolling.
2: Get the motivation
You need to identify the things you love to do, the things that give you satisfaction and that in turn will provide the motivation. What if Sir Alex hated football? How could he have made a success of the club? The answer is he couldn’t! Enjoyment leads to success.
3: Take Risks
“Success…seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Become active in your journey, don’t take the back seat as nothing will happen. Furthermore there is no point in giving up at the first hurdle, you need to keep going, reflecting on what was good and what went wrong and why. Sir Alex had many a defeat in his time, many of which I would like to forget…anyone remember the grey shirt excuse against Southampton? Oh dear! However that just provided him with more motivation to come back fighting.
4: Value people
In Sir Alex’s farewell speech it struck me how much of his success is based on the value of others, teamwork and respect. He knew that his success was a result of other people as much as himself.
“The players… I wish the players every success in the future. You know how good you are, you know the jersey you’re wearing, you know what it means to everyone here and don’t ever let yourself down. The expectation is always there. ” -
Sir Alex Ferguson
Finally there is not any shortcut for success, it’s just the result of preparation, hard working and learning from failure!
Success does not come through willpower alone, it takes consistency and determination. Doing something once won’t make a huge difference; it’s when you do that one thing many times over before you can achieve success. Sir Alex’s success is one which many people, United fans or not, are in admiration of. He is definitely an inspiration to many. Thank you Sir Alex for 26 years of success … now time to pass on the baton.
So your challenge today is start your own journey of success…no matter how big or small…imagine then go for it! Who knows you may be the next Sir Alex!