True Story: How I became so f*cking competitive…

On the soccer field I was no Ronaldo.

Sure I was captain of my high school soccer team… All-State… Invited to play in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) etc. etc.

But at 5′ 9″ – I was small guy on the field… nothing overly intimidating about me at all…

Couldn’t “out head” anyone…

But I had a ‘secret’ weapon:

When you started to slow down — breathing heavy, sides starting to cramp up…

I was just hitting my stride.

Anyone who played with me will tell you:

I was f*cking relentless.

Now, I wasn’t quite good enough to play Division 1 in college (at least at a Top 20 NSCAA ranked school like Brown), so the last game of truly competitive soccer I played was the final playoff game in my senior year of high school.

Our team was 12th seed, playing against 1st seed. These guys were undefeated… We BARELY squeezed into the playoffs.

…on paper, I wouldn’t even bet on us…

But soccer ain’t played on paper, bronaldo.

See, I played striker.

Charged with rackin’ up goals.

Attacking the net.

I remember thinking to myself at the kickoff of that playoff game senior year…

“This could possibly be the LAST competitive game of soccer you play for the rest of your life… Leave it ALL on the field, Ryan.”

Anyone who knows me, will tell you I’mdeathly competitive.

In business AND in sports.

And this day?

Was no exception.

Even in our paid mastermind group on Facebook, one of our members, a 24 yr old kid who’s already sold over half a million in products online this year…

Put out a challenge to the group for new headlines for his sales page…

Needless to say, I had to throw my hat in.

(Jury’s still out on that one – but I’ll make sure to tell you when I win 😉 )

Anyway, the game was about to end…

And when the whistle blew?

Standing at center circle, I collapsed.

My calves literally seized up on me…

Completely dehydrated, I couldn’t find the strength to even walk.

But like I promised myself…

I gave it EVERYTHING.

Left my heart on the field.

Whenever I think back to that day… the idea of how you judge who ‘really’ wins runs through my mind…

In life, business, sports…

Is it by the score?

Or something else?

This week (and into next), I’ll be sharing some stories, more personal than you’re used to hearing from me.

See, I’ve discovered some foundational principles present in EVERY ‘breakthrough’ situation in my life.

Stuff I think YOU can use yourself.

Some of these stories I’ve never shared with anyone. Not even my family.

So if you want to know how to explode YOUR BUSINESS to the next level…

And why the idea of a RIGHT and WRONG way to judge success is nothing but a dirty myth designed to keep you frustrated, feeling like a failure and ‘reaching’ for the next quick fix?

Then stay tuned for my next emails to discover the surprising answers along with a strange antidote to ever ‘failing’ again…

See you on the other side…

Ryan :-)

P.S. So, back to that soccer game…. who do YOU think won?

P.P.S. Think back to a time in your life when the chips were down. A real “Make it or Break it” moment.

Then come on over to this post on Facebook and share it with me… I’d love to hear from YOU.

And if you do that… And if enough people comment… I’ve got another story I’ll share with you (and I think you’ll like it)…

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