In the world of sports you have first string and second string. You have your A players and what is called B players. For those people who are not as familiar with sports maybe you are more familiar with celebrities. A-list actors are exceptionally successful, their notoriety extends beyond the silver screen, and their name guarantees a box office hit. Your George Clooney’s, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt’s, Madonna, are called A list celebrities. B-list actors are usually television actors or less successful movie stars. A C-list actor is a character actor that’s known by face and not by name. They are usually still good actors, but they receive less notoriety than an A or B-list actor. D-list actors are the lowest on the celebrity hierarchy; they appear on celebrity game shows and reality television. Your local news people are good examples of D list or lower celebrities.
So what does all of this mean? The game I play is in the world of business. When I am looking at my roster on who I want to play in the game, I am seeing who will provide me with the greatest return with the least amount of expense. Just like in Hollywood the A-List celebrities, are called just that, because they have proven time and time again, that when they are in a movie they can get people to the box office and sell tickets and make money. It is a proven method. In the world of sports it is no different. A team knows that if they land star college athlete it can change the team make-up and one player can cause them to go from worst to first. Also in sports you now see big time stars sign deals with other teams, and those teams know that if they pay them the money they will now be in contention. In contention, means in contention of playing for a championship of some kind, which means more money. I only want A players on my team. Let me describe to you what I consider an A player in my world.
- People buy the jersey’s (People want to be associated with you)
- They sell all of the seats (People will listen to you)
- You get the Franchise tag (you are so valuable that we can’t afford to lose you)
- People see the trailer and they want to go (you bring excitement to the table, since you are involved others want to be involved)
- They get the endorsement deals (You represent the mission well)
- You win (You do whatever it takes to accomplish the goals)
- A sequel or repeat is even harder (You know you have to get better to do it again)
I know the game I am playing in is very hard. For us to win and to win consistently, it requires A players to do this. I’ll take a few A players over a bunch of B players. Jesus had his twelve that he picked. But he spent most of his time with his A players which he had four of them. Peter, Andrew, John, and James. He knew that these four would add the most value and bring others with them to accomplish the mission.
Be an A Player today!