“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Aristotle, Greek Philosopher, 384 BC to 322 BC

With diligence, comes excellence.

That is basically the gist I derived from an article written by sports enthusiast and columnist Philip Ella Juico on his recent analysis on the Manny “Pacman” Pacqiuao versus Oscar “Golden Boy” dela Hoya Dream Match.

He states that Dela Hoya’s conditioning and training could have greatly influenced the match’s outcome which was a win by KO for Pacquiao.

Though not really a boxing fan myself, I pick up on some details here and there, especially how the odds are piled up against the smaller, shorter Pacquiao against Dela Hoya.

However the results have shown that Pacquiao’s training has paid off big time. The man’s known to be a masochist when it comes to his exercise regime. No pain, no gain.

And as for Dela Hoya, according to Mr. Juico’s observations, fighting at a weight he’s not used to or built for and within such a short period of preparation time led to his downfall.

I find that there are some parallels to this recent boxing bout, the events and the personalities that leadt to it to the business model of outsourcing. Please bare with me as I outline the similarities as well as the lessons we can learn from this dream match that we could apply in outsourcing and the decisions that guide it.

Well for one, many businesses have turned to outsourcing as a sure shortcut to success.

Many businesses underestimate the value of outsourcing as merely a means for shaving costs and keeping the company off the red line, like dela Hoya shedding the pounds to meet the required fighting weight at 147 pounds. As Mr. Juico puts it rightly so, Dela Hoya was “Lured by his share of approximately $22 million, De la Hoya was banking on clever marketing hype to conceal the tremendous challenge he faced in going down to 147 pounds.”

Distractions can be disastrous. Focus is vital, in the boxing ring and the business field. If you want to make your outsourcing work, you have got to focus in making it work.

Experience itself is a great teacher. Pacquiao knows personally from a past fight how weight loss can sap fighting strength. Learning from others who have outsourced could direct you on what to do and not to do.

And the greatest lesson we could learn from the Dream Match is that there is no beating diligence and hard work. Small steps done persistently in the right way lead to outstanding results, crushing any expectations.

So it could be prudent– if you’re planning to engage in outsourcing your company core, non-core or both functions, start small to work it right. Thus, there could be minimal risk and loss.

There are no shortcuts to doing the right things to get the right results. Outsourcing, as a process, is not a pushover– it takes some hard work to make it work right.

Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. – your outsourcing partner!



Juico, Philip Ella. “Hoya a beaten man before opening bell.” 9 December 2008. The Philippine Star. Accessed 9 December 2008. Link here



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