“If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn’t have gone any other way.” – Virginia Basketball head coach, Tony Bennett

Watching March Madness, I was struck by what it can teach us to pay attention and see beyond the game. I’m not speaking of the ability to shoot a free-throw or how to dunk in spectacular fashion, I’m talking about the grit, determination and emotional intelligence it takes to become a champion.

After falling to defeat in historical fashion in last year’s first round, the number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball team could have crumbled. Being on the wrong side of history could have been the defining factor in the fall of a giant. However, with the leadership of their coach, Tony Bennett, they instead called upon their internal strength and drive to rally and focus on proving that they are bigger than that one game.

Falling, and having the determination to get back up, is a critical skill in business. However, sometimes a blow of epic proportions is enough to keep even the strongest down. Understanding and nurturing your emotional intelligence is a critical skill that so many ignore. But at what cost?

What is Emotional Intelligence?

According to Psychology Today, “Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Though there is some disagreement among psychologists as to what constitutes true emotional intelligence, it is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and cheering up or calming down other people.”

The ability to draw upon your emotional intelligence in times of defeat, and not let yourself be defined by one singular event, is a skill that is to be admired. Those strongest, and those most successful, understand that turning a negative into a positive is what can lead to greatness. The Virginia Cavaliers went from the lowest of lows to the top of the mountain in a season that could easily have been mediocre.

How do you lead your team? How do you come back from defeat? After all, it is the way you rebound that ultimately defines your inner strength and legacy.

About Roy Murad

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, advocate for new business ventures, and consummate entrepreneur. Over the course of 35 years building businesses, guiding companies and identifying strong investment opportunities, while nurturing a thriving family, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience; experience, that may be of value to others who are looking to shape a balanced and successful life experience.

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