As a business owner, it is important to be realistic about when it may be time to consider selling your business. Just like in soccer, there are times when it is better to walk away from the game while you are still performing at a high level, rather than risk letting your skills or interest decline and potentially ruin a great ending.
Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, demonstrated this lesson well during the recent World Cup. Despite his incredible talent, Messi had not yet won the World Cup for his home country and declared that this year’s tournament would be his last representing Argentina. After a shocking loss in the first match, many feared that Messi would suffer another early exit, but he and the team bounced back, ultimately winning the tournament and earning Messi the Golden Ball award as the most outstanding player.
As a business owner, it is important to be aware of the potential pitfalls of continuing to run your business past your prime. Just like in soccer, it is essential to learn from setbacks and adapt as necessary, but it is also important to recognize when it is time to walk away while you are still at the top of your game. Continuing to run your business after your skills or interest have declined can be detrimental, and it is often more fulfilling to go out on top, rather than risk tarnishing a great ending by pressing on past your prime. It is essential to be realistic and understand that there are stages to life and business, and it is okay to move on to new chapters when the time is right. Don’t let the fear of letting go hold you back from achieving a potential storybook ending.