Paul Gallen recently came on The Brew and dropped a few business wisdom bombs.
Just like small business, sports stars and teams definitely have their ups and downs. I recently interviewed rugby league legend and Cronulla Sharks captain, Mr Paul Gallen on The Brew. During the interview, we spoke about a number of things but it was his comments about tenacity and leadership that really appealed to me as a small business owner.
We spoke about how Paul stepped up to the Sharks captaincy during a time of crisis and how he’s dealt with the responsibilities that the captaincy brings. Here are a few of the highlights and small business tips:
Plan B | Always be prepared
Paul told me that when he was younger, he had completed several professional courses (real estate and personal training) because he was never sure that he would get his contract renewed.
It wasn’t until Paul was around 27 years old that he felt confident when he secured a substantial contract with Cronulla. The fear of not having a steady job motivated him to learn other skills to ensure that he could make a living outside of football.
Having a Plan B is something we can all learn from Paul because small business owners should never put all their eggs in one basket. We should always be monitoring our businesses and the market in which they are operating and have a back-up plan to ensure that we can continue to function whatever comes our way.
It will be interesting to see where Paul’s Plan B leads him when he does make the decision to retire from football. Maybe he will opening up a café if his coffee-making skills are anything to go by.
Mentorship | Pay it forward
Paul also spoke about his mentor, football legend Ron Massey, and how the meeting with Ron really changed his life. He also said he’s taken on a mentoring role with one of his teammates, Wade Graham.
It’s a scenario that I’ve touched on before, but nevertheless it’s great advice for business owners. Most of us had a mentor or leader who took us under their wing when we first started working. Mentors can be invaluable people in your life, and if you’ve benefited from having a mentor, you should consider paying it forward and helping out a younger person, as promising people can really flourish under the guidance of a great mentor.
Leadership | You don’t have to be a lone wolf
“One thing I’ve found over the past couple of years of leadership is that you can’t do it alone,” Paul said. He went on to talk about the close-knit group of players he has within his leadership circle, and how he works with them to make sure that the team is always in top form.
As business owners, we sometimes want to take on the entire burden, but it shouldn’t be this way when we work with people we trust that are eager to help grow the business.
Taking on every problem that your business has and dealing with it alone can lead to serious health consequences, which will have an even more serious impact on your business. Take some time to figure out who can help you and who you can trust to work within a leadership role, because this may save you from a lot of stress and sleepless nights.
Want to know more about Paul’s experiences in captaining the Sharks and his plans for the future? Listen to my interview with him here.