“Never celebrate until you are really out of the woods. They might be behind the last tree” (author unknown)
I didn’t recognize the players’ names.
I couldn’t understand the announcers.
Sadly, the situation rang true.
In the NLB Championship (basketball) game between Serbian team Partizan and Croatian team Cibona…it happened.
Cibona sank a three-pointer to take the lead, with .6 seconds left on the clock, and began celebrating wildly. As their joy carried them away from the action, a Partizan player inbounded the ball to his teammate, who promptly sank a 75-foot shot to win the game as time ran out.
He wasn’t hiding behind a tree, as the above quote suggests. Team Cibona wasn’t even looking.
The jaws of each Cibona player, and fan, dropped to the floor in disbelief.
How often have you done this?
You may have celebrated before time ran out on an opportunity, before a contract was signed, before you’d officially been declared the winner.
I can recall doing my own end-zone dance before a contract was officially signed, and then watched in horror as the pile of prep-work I had done was handed to my competitor when the client signed with them.
The lesson: Stay in the game, at all times.
Wait for the final buzzer…then celebrate.
As Yogi Berra once said: “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
Words to live by, Yogi.