5 Johan Cruyff Quotes for Professional Development

Johan Cruyff will be remembered as an exceptional footballer and a one-of-a-kind manager with a revolutionary style of playing that he always believed in, and which changed the history of teams like Ajax and FC Barcelona.


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The former manager of FC Barcelona is gone forever, but he has left with us some sayings that, although bordering on the obvious, contain within them hidden truths and useful advice that go beyond the field of football. Because in life, as in work, you have to score goals, but also know how to let them in. Because the greatest achievements come from working as a team and the greatest satisfaction of playing from the heart, using your head and fair play.


“You have got to shoot, or you can’t score”

TAKE THE INICIATIVE. This seems so blindingly obvious it’s almost insulting. But, how many people do you know who wake up every morning wishing they were a millionaire but don’t make the necessary changes in their life to make it into a reality.  Risk-taking, proactiveness and good decision making are highly-prized qualities that are at the top of employers’ lists when evaluating potential employees.

“If the opposition have got a clever player who’s very good at getting away from his marker, we always go for the easy option: that no one mark him. If no one is marking him, he won’t be able to get away from his marker.”

KEEP IT SIMPLE!  Looking for the simplest way to complete a project or manage situations is more productive, it allows you to speed up delivery times and use your time and effort to seek out opportunities and areas for improvement.  But it isn’t always easy to find the simplest solution…

“In my teams, the goalkeeper is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender.”

PROMOTE VERSATILITY. By definition, versatility is not incompatible with specialisation, and it helps people to adapt to their environment and develop empathy. Professional versatility is key in situations of emergency and provides a competitive advantage in times of crisis. Developing this ability can open doors to new professional horizons.

“If your opponent has two brilliant strikers, one is outstanding and the other is good, the normal thing to do would be to pair your best defender with their outstanding one and your good defender with their good one. Well, that’s not what we do. Our best defender marks worst of the two. One problem less”.

STRATEGIC VISION. A lack of strategic vision makes us vulnerable to our environment and dependent on factors that are out of our control, such as “luck”. Experimenting, observing, getting out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective  are practices that can help to develop this skill.

Working without a break is not synonymous with success. Knowing how to manage your efforts and available resources to meet medium-term targets, is. Or in the words of Johan Cruyff: “All managers talk about running a lot. I say you don’t need to run so much. Football is a game to be played with your brain.  You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time, and not be there either too soon or too late.”

“Football should always be attractive, it’s to be played offensively, it should be a show.”

INNOVATE. Working with passion, thinking big, asking yourself difficult and uncomfortable questions, daydreaming, and not losing focus are a few tips to help you develop creativity and an innovative spirit. What’s more, there are some curious and interesting techniques to develop these skills!

As a little extra treat, we’ll round off this article with another brilliant quote from Johan Cruyff, which could even end up as the slogan on the players’ tunnel at the Nou Camp: “Go out there and enjoy yourselves”.

What’s your favourite quote? We’d love you to share them with us!

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