What can fantasy football teach us about success in business?

Mike Morgan - a pizza guy

As I was pulled over in a parking lot I was wondering how Steven Ridley from the New England Patriots could have gone from hero to zero in such a short period of time. I turned to my wife and shared my disappointment for Mr. Ridley's lack of performance on my fantasy team. Her increasingly reddening face told me that I better put this phone away and get going. I decided then that I would find the benefit to our family of spending time on fantasy football.

Fantasy football is viewed as a mindless distraction by many. I offer an alternate view. I assert that fantasy football offers many lessons for success in business and life.


No matter how smart or well prepared you are, you inevitably will get your @#$ kicked by somebody who doesn't know the difference between a touchdown and a double play. You will prepare, trade and use logic to setup your team for the week and you still get beat down. This fact is sometimes lost on us when we decide to trash talk our opponents after a big win. In business, celebrate your successes and learn from your failures. Don't dwell on any victories or defeats for too long. There is always another challenge around the corner.

"When you go into the endzone, act like you've been there before."

-Vince Lombardi


Games on Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. you can make all the right moves for months and forget to adjust your roster one day and you are screwed. The feeling of looking at that blank spot on your team and realizing that somebody's bye week just cost you a victory is a feeling all fantasy footballers have felt before. Payton Manning sunning on a beach in November didn't cost you that win, your lack of consistency did. You knew when those players had a bye week before the season started. You let life and work distract you from setting up your team properly. The same thing happens in your business/career. Your life will happen around you with or without your consent. You must have a system for meeting all of your obligations EVERY week. The smallest thing left undone can easily be your undoing.

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.”
― Jim Rohn


There are many great individual performances that can't be foreseen. sometimes people get lucky. Even a broke clock is right two times a day. However the people that lead most leagues do their homework. They prepare for the draft, develop contingencies and make adjustments. You cannot perform over the long term without painstaking preparation. When you are working on a project or task at work evaluate how much you prepared. Preparation shines light on risks, allowing you to be ready for anything that comes.

"All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason."

-Emmitt Smith