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Jimmy Garoppolo

What the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo have taught me about winning in business

The Betts Team
December 28, 2017

Hallelujah!! The 49ers hit a four-game winning streak on Christmas Eve. Coming off of multiple years of losing game after game and following a heartbreaking loss at the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, this new energy and consecutive wins make me confident that things are moving in the right direction for the Niners.


Carolyn Betts at Super Bowl XLVII
Carolyn Betts at Super Bowl XLVII


For those not in the know, quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, or “Jimmy G,” was acquired from the Patriots in October, in what was a risky trade, with just 94 attempted passes and a history of minor injuries. Plus, those groomed by Tom Brady have a history of plummeting to their doom once they leave the Pats.


I digress…


As the CEO of a recruitment firm, this made me reflect on why bringing Jimmy G on has helped move things in the right direction for the Niners, and look inward to what I can do for my team and my clients’ companies to bring some positive momentum to our organizations.

Everyone wants to be on a winning team

It might sound obvious, but winning is SO much more fun than losing. When you have winning players on your team it ups the ante and raises the bar for the rest of the crew. Jimmy’s energy is contagious and the team and the fans are eating it up!


Ditto for your organization. Building a team is both an art and a science and having those winning players on your team is worth their weight in gold.

The momentum is real

The niners have won five games this season and the team and the fans couldn’t be happier. It’s because it’s all about momentum and the Niners have it.


Jimmy G is not only a game-changer. He has changed the attitudes of his teammates, as well as those fans and season tickets holders who may have been regretting their investment in the team. Everyone is feeling a lot better. And there is a real feeling that the 49ers are not only going to be worth watching, but they could be THE ones to watch next season.


Like I said before, everyone wants to be on a winning team. Momentum makes YOUR team the team everyone strives to be a part of.


You have to look the part

Enough said…

In all seriousness, come to work ready to win wearing your version of Jimmy G’s smile. When you dress to impress, it’s a self fulfilling prophecy. When you show up in jeans and a hoodie for a business meeting, people just won’t take you as seriously.

Take calculated risks to be successful

Jimmy had only played two games in the NFL, however, he won both and had trained behind the most legendary QB in NFL history, Tom Brady. They gave up the second draft pick, but they couldn’t keep the bloodbath going any longer. And, not gonna lie, he has the Joe Montana and Steve Young look that’s been successful for Niners QBs in the past. Plus, they really had nothing to lose.


Taking risks like this can be scary, and there are no guarantees, but, just as the case of Jimmy and the Niners, great, otherwise unforeseen opportunities often come from risk-taking. Do your homework. It shows confidence and helps your team stand out, and hey, if anything, we learn from risks.

It’s all about teamwork

While Jimmy is putting up solid and historic numbers, it’s this swagger and confidence that’s really catching fire with his new teammates. This newly-found optimism and momentum will fuel the team through the offseason, and likely carry over to success the following season.


Every person on your team matters. It creates synergy and supports a more empowered way of working, and, it promotes the sense of achievement and camaraderie that is essential for motivation.

Hire the best possible talent

Shameless plug here, but let’s be honest, it’s true. You are not going to win against the best without having star players on your team.


So, get out there and get your winning team!