Three Business Lessons Learned From the Seahawks’ Super Bowl Defeat

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My Seahawks just lost the Super Bowl.


Although the game was intense, engaging, and filled with an appropriate level of humorous million dollar commercials – itโ€™s still painful to watch my favorite team come so far and lose in the last moments.

Hanging my head low in defeat on my quiet drive home, I did some deep soul searching to help the grieving process and had an epiphany.

Football is great; but business is better.

Now, before you get your undies in a bundle, hang with me while I explain.

1.) In Business, I Make The Calls

With just seconds left in the game, and down by just three points, the Seahawks had an almost guaranteed win. They had just 1 yard to go and four attempts to make it there – and this is what #24 running back Marshawn Lynch is built for. (That, and eating Skittles and avoiding the press.)

And instead the call was given for Quarterback Russel Wilson to throw the ball to Ricardo Lockette and, in a horrific moment Seahawks’ fans will never forget, Malcolm Butler, a rookie cornerback for The Patriots, intercepted the ball and like that: the game was lost.

All this because of a stupid decision by someone on the Seahawks coaching team.

I had absolutely NO control over the outcome of this game. I was purely a spectator and no level of shouting at the TV was going to change anything.

Perhaps the reason I love the โ€œsport of business,โ€ as Mark Cuban calls it, is because in this game, I make the calls. I decide the outcome of the game. I am responsible for my success and my defeat.

Like the Seahawks, I wonโ€™t always win every fight… but at least the battle is mine.

If my rental properties aren’t performing right, it’s my fault and I have the power to fix it.

If I am short on funds for my next big project, I get to determine the path to raise more capital.

If isn’t growing at the speed I want, I can make the changes necessary to find success.

Because I make the calls.

(okay… on BiggerPockets Josh makes the calls. But you get the point! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

2.) Entrepreneurship Has No Clock

Sure, at the beginning of the game it’s not a big deal.

However, as the game draws closer and closer to an end, that clock is all people think about.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

When the clock hits zero, the game is over. Apart from the occasional brief overtime, the end is the end and there is nothing the players can do about it.

In business, however, the only clock that exists is the end of your life which is (hopefully) far off. You are not required to win in the next few hours. You have your whole life to improve, make changes, and win.

The competition is just as real in business, but the game extends far beyond a three hour event. In business… the game never ends. There is always another level, another chance to find success.

Your clock has not run out.

Which brings me to my last point…

3.) Losing is an Internal Problem

Sure, they’ll try again next year, but The Seahawks lost and the 49th Super Bowl is in the history books; The Patriots will hold the glory forever.

Unlike football, however, the only way you’ll lose at business is by giving up.

You might feel behind in your business right now. You might feel down by 100 points. You might feel like giving up.

But your past doesn’t define your future.

Even if your current business doesn’t survive, YOU, as an entrepreneur, can carry on.

Loss is a very real thing in business, but it’s never permanent unless you make it permanent. There is always another overtime. Until the day you are buried in the ground, you have the opportunity to pull out a spectacular win.

As much as this game’s loss may have disappointed me, I’m not devastated. Because although this season is finished, I get to wake up tomorrow morning and play again.

And I will play to win every day for the rest of my life.

Beat that, football.

Thoughts? Consolations? Leave your thoughts below!

About Author

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didnโ€™t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have โ€œthe good life.โ€ Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with his wife Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.


  1. Daniel Ryu

    Yeah.. that had to hurt as a Seahawks fan. But what a Superbowl.. At least you got a young team and a franchise QB.. Oh, but since this is a real estate website and not ESPN ^^, let me add, yep, that’s the best thing about doing your own business – you get to make the calls!

  2. David Krulac

    Been there.

    1. What about Josh?
    2. When you breathe your last breath, time has expired.
    3. I’ve run into real estate investors who say that have never lost money in a deal. (I’m not one of those see “Bigger Pockets Book, Real Estate Rewind.”) I think that they haven’t done very many deals, or they haven’t sold properties they own that are under water, or they have convenient amnesia.

    Just as the Hawks will win another game, a loss in real estate doesn’t prevent the next deal from being a great success.

  3. Grant Fosheim

    Having zero control over that final play call about drove me NUTS!!! And yes, I yelled and yelled and yelled to no avail. I sure have learned from a few of my mistakes throughout my career and hopefully Pete Carroll learns from this one….but of course, I have no control over that

  4. Sean Moen

    Great perspective Brandon. The Russell Wilson manta is to keep focused on the next play, the one in your control, not the one that happened 5 minutes ago. Regardless of what happened tonight, focus forward has proven to be successful for him.

  5. Mark Ferguson

    I am a huge spoRts fan. I am also a big fan of being positive. The two do not go hand in hand. There are 32 teams in the league and only one can win It all. That means 97 percent of fans will be extremely dissapointed with their team At some point.

    I stopped caring as much about who won as soon as I realized that. Yes I want my team to win, but if they don’t i get over it fast.

  6. Assaf Furman

    That’s a great analogy Brandon. I was stoked when Butler jumped on that ball. If you think of it, this bold move of his won the game, but could just as well lose it had he missed. In business it’s the same – you gotta make bold moves to win, the more risk you take the larger the gain.

  7. Marcus Irons

    Love this post Brandon. Being in the military I have started a few different business ventures and have failed and started again and again. Having to be away from a business that requires me to be there to run it while in the military has caused me failures which has led me to real estate and BP. I have unlimited quarters to play in this game and I am loving the potential.

  8. Robert Leonard

    1. In business, sometimes your competition has a strategy that beats your best call, just like in the game. My takeaway, don’t count your chickens before they hatch and no matter how much momentum you may have, never underestimate your competition.

    2. As stated by David Krulac, the clock is ticking on us all. We just don’t know when the clock runs out. My takeaway, always play like its a two minute drill, because it just might be!

    3. Like Mark Ferguson, there’s only one champion in the NFL at the end of every season, but in life, there are a whole lot of winners. Our season is a lifetime or the life of our business. My takeaway, go for every victory you can claim, no matter how large or small and in the end, you’ll probably have a lot of success to look back on as your life’s work!

    Disclaimer: one of the most common entries in my journal over the past several months in the ‘How could I have made today better?’ section was “Watch less football.”

  9. Brian Gibbons

    The game in REI is a team game but one where all the players do jobs that the others never know about, unless you convey that they did a great job.

    If everyone read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, those “tool of business” would trump any vicious tackle or deceptive play.

    Let you team members know who has served you well: attorneys, re agents, insurance agents, reia, etc., and get some referrals.

    Better yet, read this book:
    Get More Referrals Now by Bill Cates

    And lets help each other win in this REI game.

  10. Eric B.

    My exact thoughts last night Brandon! and I was able to sleep like a baby after mopeing around for a few hours after the game. So today I redid our balance sheet master spreadsheet to make room for our latest deal and the next ten buy and holds. Feels good too have outgrown my speadsheet! I HATE LOSING espcially for dumb reasons!!! Time to go out and kick but on my next deal! Thanks for the post.

  11. An entire Patriot team was probably sure it would be Lynch ( who I think is the most amazing running back ever ). Except for a very determined unknown factor ( Butler ) the play called looked good. I mean without a fumble or interception you still had 2 attempts left with Lynch.
    Business, I know I have made worse calls and lost some games. Nobody except a banker or 2 saw my desperate attempts to cover the mistakes. Mistakes happen and sometimes you don’t know until the next game how they really hurt you. I only know that Brandon is right until you quit the game the game clock is still on the players side. I do wish I had had access to something like bp before I called my first or second or even the last one ( which I did but I didn’t know of bp then. Knowing as much about the other players in the game as you can is a great asset to avoid game breaking errors.

  12. Awesome post! A few related thoughts:
    1. The Seahawks took risks all night long, most of them worked but in the end it was one too many. The drive before the half and decision to forgo an easy field goal being the most surprising. Overall the patriots won because they stuck with what worked, the short passing game, and the Seahawks over complicated their strategy away from Lynch who got 3-5 yards every time.

    In business we should stick with what we know works, especially if it can be based on recent past experience. Right now I know the buy and hold market in a tiny part of one city (my beast mode). I’ll stick with this before doing an out of state flip (my goalline pass).

    2. I can’t believe more people didn’t focus on the end of the Seahawks V Packers game and just how bad the Packers gave it away. The Seahawks kind of did the same thing but in just one play as opposed to 5 minutes of disasters for Green Bay.

    The connection I’ll draw here goes to my construction days where I would consistently see projects done efficiently and beautifully up until they were 95% done. It’s not how you start, it is how you finish. The final touches are what people see and remember.

    Disclosure – from a pats fan (originally from Ipswich, MA) !


  13. Matt Faircloth

    Hey Brandon,

    Great post. Sorry about the loss, I was rooting for the Hawks my self. Here are two more lessons that came up for me:

    1. When you are in a crunch / do or die situation like being on the 1 yard line with less than a minute to go, stick with what you are GREAT at. Not even good, GREAT. It was not a time to be taking risks, especially with such talent and capability in Lynch right there. As some other readers have said, Lynch was built for situations like this. Moving the ball a few yards in essential situations is what he is GREAT at. In real estate, I am a GREAT salesman. My office manager is GREAT at details, etc…

    2. Sometimes the fates blow against you. Don’t give up and keep pushing for the win. The play that put the Hawks inside the Redzone was an incredible, lucky catch. I know there’s talent in there too but mostly there is luck for that catch to happen. Some people would roll over when a fluke like that happens to their disadvantage. The Pats didn’t. They kept pushing and jumped on a mistake by Seattle just afterwards.

    3. Keep your cool. After the interception there was still 20 seconds left in the game. The Pats could not just kneel on the ball as Tom Brady would be in the end zone, causing a touch back. One of the Seahawks defenders jumped off sides, causing a penalty. Had he kept is cool, the Pats may have been pinned in the end zone, resulting in a safety and PERHAPS another outcome. In business, it pays to keep your head on strait at all times even during situations of high emotion. Emotions can cloud judgement and cause misjudgments. It’s best to keep a level head as best you can when it comes to business.

    There’s always next year Brandon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,


  14. Dawnn Williams

    I liked your incites Brandon about not quitting and success is bound to happen in REI. Just as the Seahawks will not let this defeat stop them from being an elite team. I also liked what Matt said, about the lucky catch and keeping emotions in check. That lucky catch did not clinch the game and neither did the interception, it was the off sides call and the fight. Being a Niner fan…

  15. Jeremy Rasmussen

    First off, I was rooting for the Seattle even though I’m a Packer fan. GO PACK GO! The way I see it Seattle could have learned something from a seasoned RE investors. One who invests in Real estate makes decisions based on certain numbers. The fact that Seattle some how forgot that Lynch tied for the lead RB for touch downs, proves that they did not follow the numbers.

  16. Shaun Reilly

    The Seahawks showed how great talent can only get you so far.
    In sports like business if you just kind of skate by and half a$$ stuff most of the time no matter how talented, smart, dedicated, resourceful blah blah blah… you are while sometimes you can right the ship and everything will be fine (Packers) other times you can’t dig yourself out of the hole (Patriots).

    Being generous they showed up for about 20 minutes of the Super Bowl.

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