I was watching the Warriors the other night, it was the end of the game, the clock rapidly counting down, the score tied and everyone on the edge of their seat, when one of the commentators said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion.” You heard it too? The next moments proved him right, once again, one of the Warriors stepped up and dug deep and made the play that made the difference taking them to another win.
How is this possible? What sets a champion apart from the competition? At Camp BizSmart we call this ZOG, which stands for Zest, Optimism and Grit. When you have ZOG you have a zest for all you do, you appreciate and enjoy the journey. With ZOG you have an optimism that if things aren’t going as you expected you will figure it out and work it out. And with ZOG your grit, means a work ethic that at your core tells you to give it your all while you are resilient when you need to find another way and persistent to reach your objective with a can-do spirit.
I believe that the Warriors exude ZOG as they relish playing the game to the best of their ability – now that’s Zest, they put in the work – that’s the grit – determination to develop their skills with an amazing work ethic, so when they apply their optimism, combined with persistence, they have the resilience to pull upon, attributes that are at the heart of a champion.
So how does anyone develop the heart of a champion? To become great at anything it is important to be coached by those who are better than you and work to develop the attributes that will make you a valued team member. The Warriors have an amazing bench and team members, who selflessly support each to be a great team rather than just a few great players.
If you want to gain the skills that will make you a most valuable team player and be ready to step forward when it matters most, come to Camp BizSmart. Students work in teams to create innovative solutions to real business cases mentored by CEO’s of well respected companies. One of those CEO’s last summer was Jason Fass of Zepp Labs. In addition entrepreneurs such as Kevin Surace and Erica Rogers, who have created amazing products and companies, share their journey and provide hands-on mini-cases that allow students a way to practice and gain the skills needed to create with their team, their best solution to the business case they have selected out of the 2 to 3 which are new each summer.
What are you doing this summer? Why not develop the heart of a champion and ZOG at Camp BizSmart. Camp BizSmart is a business and entrepreneur academy for aspiring entrepreneurs, ages 11-15 and 16-19. Choose from multiple sessions starting in June to the beginning of August at Stanford University, Santa Clara University and in San Mateo at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference Center. Our pitch competition and awards ceremony is held at Microsoft. And remember, never underestimate the heart of a champion.