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A business lesson from MMA!

March 19, 2010

It’s never smart to underestimate or disrespect an opponent, especially when you don’t know too much about them.

I’m a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fan and I was watching a UFC Primetime Video of St Pierre vs Dan Hardy for UFC 111.

It’s a 3 instalment promotional video, and in the first instalment I heard GSP,  George St. Pierre, claim that he was a martial artist and Dan “The OutLaw” Hardy was not.  And I thought “that’s a bit arrogant, isn’t it?”  And on what grounds could he be making such a statement.

Then in the second instalment, it appears that Dan had studied Tae Kwan-Do and Muay Thai from the age of 6 for 12 years!  Then, at the age of 18, he travelled 6,000 miles from Beijing to spend 2 months training with monks at the Northern China Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy!  Now surely, that’s a martial art, isn’t it?  (And GSP, there’s even a video to prove it!)

Now, I’m not saying that Hardy is going to beat GSP although he stands a good chance of putting him to sleep.  But, this is an excellent lesson that can be applied to business:

Never underestimate a competitor.  They may have capabilities and competencies you’re unaware of.  And if you don’t know anything about the competition, before dismissing them, do some research!

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