“Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?”
I recently watched the movie Miracle again. This film is a staple of Minnesota culture depicting the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team that defied all odds and beat Russia in the finals, going on to win the gold medal. The movie primarily focuses on the head coach Herb Brooks, who was an exceptional mentor, leader, and hockey mind.
One part of the movie especially hit home for me. After only the first day of tryouts, Herb already has his team picked out. Upon seeing the roster, assistant coach Craig Patrick tells Herb, “You’re missing some of the best players,” to which he responds, “I’m not looking for the best players, Craig, I’m looking for the right ones.”
The reason I feel so connected to this quote is because I’m also going through a sort of ‘tryouts’ right now. Searching for a candidate to fill our new outside sales position, it’s been quite difficult narrowing the list down. Unlike Herb, I’ll need more than just one day. But I find myself not always liking the candidate with the most success or credentials, but the one that just feels right.
It’s the intangible and underrated characteristics of a person that make them a great member of a team – even a sales team. And make no mistake, we are a team. I’ll borrow from Herb again when I say that while my team might not be the most talented team, they are the right team, which is all the more important to winning, as proven by the group of misfit college hockey studs who won the gold in 1980.
“Do you believe in miracles?” My answer is “YES!”