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Lionel Messi - 17 Years To Be an Overnight Success

Lionel Messi

by Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Arguably one of the greatest footballers of our time is Lionel Messi and he has now been officially recognised by FIFA as ‘Footballer of the Year’ four years in a row, which is a staggering feat. He is undoubtedly a master of his craft. So whether you follow football or not we can learn a lot from this young legend in how he behaves both on and off the pitch...

This is a great article I came across that shows three key things we can learn from Lionel Messi's journey. How he's used his challenges to motivate him, how he is focused on helping others and how he develops his passion for the game. As you will see - none of this is dependent on his fame or status.

I’m also sharing this Adidas advert with you because it reinforces the absolute importance of consistent and dedicated hard work. It may not be glamorous, but if we truly want success in any area of life, we have to put in the hard yards for it...

It’s exciting and grounding when you see that legends have simply practiced the fundamentals again and again and again. Messi hasn’t just worked hard on his physical training - he has worked hard on his mental and emotional training. He’s worked hard to overcome his own physical conditions, he’s been giving to others for a long time, week in, week out. These things didn’t happen by accident, they simply took a huge amount of effort. That ought to be empowering for every single one of us because it means we can do it too...

What would you like to become a master of? Are there any sporting heroes you have that you'd like to learn more about? Feel free to share in the comments below...

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Lionel Messi image courtesy of the Jimmy Baikovicius @ Flickr