What Messi Teaches us about Hiring

What Messi Teaches us about Hiring
Gabe Moncayo

Things were not always easy for Messi.

Lionel Messi needed treatment at a young age to improve his height because he suffered from an uncommon case of growth hormone deficiency.

The treatment cost around $900/m (a lot in Argentina 20+ years ago), and Barcelona agreed to pay for it as part of his move to the club at the age of 13. Two other Argentine clubs also were interested in Messi but did not want to incur the additional expense.

While at Barcelona, he grew to his current height, 5 foot 7 inches.

Quickly his success and fame started to rise with Barcelona. Since he made his first team debut in 2003, Lionel Messi has won numerous trophies for club and country. The Argentine has won the UEFA Champions League four times with FC Barcelona and he was also able to lift the Copa América with the Argentine national squad in 2021.

On Sunday, December 18, 2023, he won the Fifa World Cup leading his team to victory scoring 2 goals. He had a total of 7 goals in 7 matches. Talk about consistent performance.

We have many examples in sports, work, and life where champions have had to overcome steep challenges before obtaining consistent results.

Tom Brady is another great example who was drafted in the 12th round and now has won 7 Super Bowls across 2 teams.

Or that one SDR/new hire you once took a chance on, that ended up being one of your best reps and a core part of your team.

Or like, Sherman Urrutia who was placed as an SDR in 2016 and is now the VP of Sales at TDengine ($69M Total funding, Series B startup).

Or Vish Mehta was placed as a BDR in 2016 and is now Director of Data Solutions & Integrations at Diffbot, which recently launched LeadGraph, the search engine for B2B Sales.

If you want to win a championship in 2023, you need to find your Messi.

Someone who can zig when the market zags. Someone who knows how to stand out and create value. Someone you are proud to say you took a chance on and represents you now.

True champions know how to identify top talent. They know how to foster an environment for success and they are ruthless in their pursuit of execution and excellence.

If you are looking for in-person, hybrid, or remote sales talent that can perform like Messi, contact us today – no additional (treatment) costs are required.

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