The Polish team made it to the 1/8 of the finale in great style and proved that everything is possible. All they did was to believe in their powers, work hard, and, above all, trust their experienced coach. I don’t know whether they were helped by Anna Lewandowska’s (the captain’s wife) „bars of power” that helped our boys to achieve this success, but one thing is for sure – the emotions that they’ve been giving us recently are priceless 😉 We didn’t make it to the finale, but HERE is where I wrote that it’s not only the first place that matters most – Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kuba Błaszczykowski, Michał Pazdan, Łukasz Fabiański and the reast of Adam Nawałka’s dream team played beautifully and they should be given a great applause. Let’s check out what we can learn from them!
1. YOU’RE THE WINNER AS LONG AS YOU FIGHT
When noone’s scored up to the 87th minute of the game, Internet malcontents start writing: „They weren’t that good today!”, but the Polish team knows that everything can happen during the precious 3 minutes they have till the end of the match. In the Poland-Switzerland I held my breath until the very last whistle. During the 30 minutes replay Facebook was all about stuff like „Lewandowski is poor”, „We’re surely going to lose”, „As always!” The boys knew what they were fighting for. After the last shot of Grzegorz Krychowiak the Internet and Polish homes were flooded by a wave of happiness. Some started deleting their negative comments, but the ones who saw the power of our team from the very beginning were proud. It was supposed to be like that, right? 😉 One can draw a real lesson from that, right? Don’t judge, until the game is over. Regardless of what it is you are doing, don’t give up during the challenge. Keep concentrated till the very end and … give the world everything you can! Everything can change in that last second. There are so many stories like that. When you’re raising money for a new project, and you think that you’re not gonna make it, it turns out that there’s a silver lining in everything, and suddenly an unexpected investor comes along. Try to believe in others as well, don’t clip their wings. It’s my personal advice for you – resign from criticizing others, and give only positive energy! 😉
2. LIFE IS A TEAM GAME
The Polish team owes its success to its amazing team work. Everyone is aware of his role in it and tries to give the best of him. Adam Nawałka goes for amazing players (giving a chance to some young and less experienced ones, such as Bartosz Kapustka), our gamekeeper, Łukasz Fabiański, fights like a lion, and the captain, Robert Lewandowski guides the team, motivates them, and takes most of the fouls on him (check out #5). The Polish team works like a perfectly oiled machine. Despite some flaws, that critics may have against them, the defenders know their place, the forwards fights, and the midfielders support them. Of course, the football backstage counts as well! There are also physiatrists standing besides the team’s success, as well as the chef, Tomasz Leśniak (after all, you are what you eat), and the talented coach, Hubert Małowiejski. Just as I recently wrote HERE, team work is the key to success. In life, just like on the football pitch, you need someone to… pass the ball to! 😀 Allies that you share your extra duties with, your family that supports you in your hard moments, or friends that could do anything for you. They are your must have, that you couldn’t achieve any goal without.
3. YOU CAN LOOK STYLISH REGARDLESS OF WHAT IT IS YOU’RE DOING
Even though they could stick to sports clothing, they rather go for nonchalant elegance, when they’re outside the pitch. Grzegorz Krychowiak wears chic coats with fur collars, and avant-garde moccasins (well done!), and Robert Lewandowski can be seen in well fitted trousers and polo shirts (HERE is where I took a closer look at his style). Wojtek Szczęsny goes for stylish accessories: sneakers, or designer sunglasses. Well-mannered and taking into consideration their partners’ opinion, they are equally chic as their international counterparts. You think that style is such a minor thing that it doesn’t make it to the life lessons list? I believe that it’s on the contrary! Oscar Wilde used to say that you can’t be too elegant, nor to educated. I’ll even risk a statement that a good look might be even the key to personal satisfaction, but also a field to succeed in your professional life. When you’re at work such details as good shoes, nice haircut, or an ironed shirt prove that you respect the boss and your coworkers. A nice manicure even after 10 years of marriage proves that you still feel like staying in shape for your beloved one 😉 Think about your looks even if you’re not in fashion! And, by the way: your small budget isn’t an excuse at all. In my posts I show many times how to look good and not spend a fortune at the same time. It’s totally feasible. And refers both to men, as well as to women 😉
4. SUCCESS STARTS IN YOUR HEAD
There’s been a mysterious curse hanging around the Polish team for many years. People were saying that we’ll never be as successful as Kazimierz Górski’s team in the FIFA World Cup in 1974. Everyone just agreed with the fact that the Polish players will never be as good as their counterparts form the West, and that, well, maybe it’s just not our thing. But everything changed: first the Polish volleyball players showed u show to win with the best ones, and then Robert Lewandowski, Łukasz Piszczek and Kuba Błaszczykowski became the stars of the German team. A football lover, Zbigniew Boniek became the boss of PZPN, the Polish Football Association, and Adam Nawałka the coach. He selected the best players and proved to have an idea for them. The outcome? They have entered the FIFA World Cup, and now left the group as the 8th on the Old Continent. Even if we don’t know the secrets of Adam Nawałka’s work with the ream, I’m sure that besides him making sure that they keep fit, he also makes sure they’re motivated enough and convinced that they can make it, no matter what the circumstances are! The faith of the Polish spectators isn’t meaningless either – the harder they support the Polish team, the better it is on the pitch. It’s like magic: you have to believe in your strength to become invincible. It’s in your head where success starts! You should also convince yourself that’ll. If you don’t believe that it’s possible, taking up a fight won’t make any sense at all.
5. BEING A LEADER MEANS BEING RESPONSIBLE
Football is a team game, but we shouldn’t forget the importance of a few best players, who, by taking the roles of the leaders, also take the responsibility for the success (or the failure) or the team. It’s no wonder that such stars as Robert Lewandowski, or Kuba Błaszczykowski are given the most attention, with their shape and preparation being constantly analyzed. They are the ones who motivate the others in the dressing room, and resist most of the attacks on the pitch. They make it easier for the others – the younger and less experienced ones try to play at their level, which makes the overall level of motivation grow. Specialists say that the football stars are „pulling” the whole team. The coach is well aware of that, as well as the… spectators – they harmoniously go for the most experienced, such as, for example, Łukasz Piszczek, or Grzegorz Krychowiak, but can also appreciate the growing meaning of the rest. After all, Poland is all about Pazdano- and Kapustkomania right now 😀 One can really look up to the boys. If you’re a leader in your team (at work, for example), remember about your responsibility – for both the successes as well as failures. Analyze the strategy like a real captain, support the weaker ones, give out tasks and check how they are doing, and when it’s needed – motivate! If you’re talented, but don’t feel independent enough and the role of a helper is closer to you – follow the leader. Listen to their hints and trust them. Don’t try to force your meaning. Focus on the task you’re given, and everything will work perfectly! 😉