In today’s footballing world, the name Cristiano Ronaldo (also popularly called CR7 but with full name as Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro, born on February 5th, 1985), is unarguably a household name. Lovers of the round leather game have been thrilled and mesmerized by the skills of the three-time World Footballer of the Year.
CR7 who currently plays for Real Madrid in Spain has played for other clubs like Manchester United and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Everywhere he has played, teammates have described him as a hard worker, putting in extra time into training and putting in 100% effort every time, at training and matches.
Some pundits have said that the only thing wrong in the life of CR7 is Lionel Messi, another dazzling Football star and 4-time winner of the Ballon d’Or
But are there lessons we can all pick from CR7 that can help us record ground breaking successes in our own life endeavours?
Let us look at 10 possible lessons we can learn from CR7:
1. Ronaldo always craves to be the best
No one will deny that CR7 is indeed a hard worker and this attitude he brings to any match he plays in. Teammates have confirmed that is one of his success secrets. The question you may want to ask yourself is, how desirous and hungry are you to achieve your set objectives and be the best in what you do? Those with burning desires seldom live average lives. Something on their inside keeps pushing them.
2. His tenacity is fascinating
A-never-say-die spirit; an attitude that never accepts defeat as the final outcome; we may be down, but we are not out; we may be beaten, but we are not defeated. How often do you give up on your dreams when you encounter challenges? When you come to a bend, do you conclude it’s the end? If you are going to achieve great feats in life, you must imbibe the spirit of rising up when you fall down; never accepting ‘no’ for an answer. It is key to success in life.
3. CR7 works really hard
At Real Madrid, one of his teammates, Jese Rodriguez said, “I remember being called for my first training for Real Madrid. I went two hours earlier to impress the trainer. When I arrived, I saw Cristiano Ronaldo already training.” And that is why he is CR7. What is your own work ethics like? Do you have a time for practice and doing the work and putting in extra in order to become extraordinary and not remain an average? Nothing beats hard work, and it is the only option you have if you are going to get ahead of the lot in the field of play in your career.
4. Though you hate him, he doesn’t stop
Cristiano once said, “Your love makes me strong, your hate makes me unstoppable.” That is the attitude of someone who knows where he is going. There will always be haters along your journey in life. Those who hate you because you are so good and those who just hate you for hate sake. But how you deal with them and their hatred says a lot about you and how far you will go. It is better to ignore the hatred and just focus on your objectives than to allow yourself be held back by them.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo is a team player
There is no way one can succeed in a team of people with common goals without being sacrificial. Football particularly is a team sport and not an individual one, hence the need to be sacrificial. Playing with the team in mind and allowing others or someone else sometimes take the spotlight. This is one quality CR7 characterises. Not only does he score goals, he also creates chances for others to do so. In the pursuit of your life objectives, you will definitely need to work with teams. There is really no self-made man. Every man’s result in life is a combination of several men’s efforts. So, when the time comes you must learn to give others the chance to celebrate while they enjoy the spotlight.
6. He’s not held down by his past success
Complacency is the undoing of many. Arriving and settling too soon. Thinking that the little success recorded is the end and all there is. But not same for CR7, though he has won so many accolades and trophies, yet he keeps improving himself, training and practising his trade (skills) regularly and always ensuring that he gives his very best on the pitch of play. In your field of endeavour, what are you doing to get better? When was the last time you deliberately read a book, attend a seminar or a certain training to get better? Constant and never ending improvement is the key to remaining relevant in life.
7. Ronaldo is a visionary
“Vision,” someone said, “is the picture of a preferable future.” What is your picture of your future? What do you see concerning your tomorrow? Where are you going with your career? What legacies do you intend to leave behind? These are questions you must endeavour to ask and answer in order to have a success in your life. Your vision of the future must be stronger than the reality of your present. Vision is a driving force. Go ask CR7 what is driving him to give his best every time he steps on the pitch of play.
8. CR7 sets goals
Apart from having a vision, goal setting is also very critical. You might ask, what is the difference between vision and goal? A vision talks about where you intend to go, while goal (goals) talk about how or the steps you need to take to get there. You could say it is a game plan. Do you have a game plan for your career? Have you laid out the steps to follow in order to get to your career destination? This is very important.
9. He doesn’t joke with his fitness
While it is a known fact that football is a very physical sport and injuries occur frequently, one’s physical and mental fitness can play a major role in determining if one sustains or how long it takes to recover if one sustains an injury. Fitness is a state or the mind and body in readiness to take on challenges that come with the demands of the job. This might be what has been responsible for CR7’s good run. He has had his injuries, but none that has kept him away from doing what he loves for so long. Are you mentally and physically fit? Do you engage in a regular routine exercise program to keep fit? Remember that it is only when your body is alive that you can pursue dreams and achieve objectives.
10. C. Ronaldo gives back to the society
“The hand that gives is always on top” says a scripture. All through history and on the pages of the holy books, being concerned for the needs of others; helping those who are less-privileged has been taught. No matter where you are and what you do, there is something you can do to put smile on the faces of others who are not as privileged as you. And this has nothing to do with how much you earn, it is all about the heart to be a blessing to others. CR7 has several CSR (Community Social Responsibility) projects he has embarked upon to give back to the society. Truth is, this is a way to sow into the future. Blessed is the hand that gives.
There you have 10 of the lessons we can all learn from the life of Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro to build a successful career. All those attributes can be applied in any field of human endeavour.