The main thing Germany’s national team accomplished yesterday was forcing everyone talk about soccer. Like any other sport, soccer is a life itself.
It’s been a while since Germany won anything, but at the same time this team has never been embarrassed by anybody. And I doubt that it ever will be. This team has been going after its dream for years and it will reach it sooner or later.
Today, Germany is not just an amazing team, it’s a reflection of what true soccer should be, without crud and clowns.
Everyone on the Germany squad is a hard-working professional. Everyone has a perfect reputation. This team even looks different from the vain showoff prima donnas that came to this tournament, making it look more like a competition between hairdressers than an event where one has to die on the field.
Not Brazil lost last night, but people who are more concerned with their commercial appearances and pedicure. As soon as they met a serious opponent, they ran home to their moms. As it should be.
So, let’s cheer for Germany. Thanks to them we can watch world class soccer at this World Cup and not a beauty contest.
So what’s happening to Samsung?
Basically, at the high end, it’s struggling to take share from Apple, and that market is quickly saturating.
At the low and mid-end, it’s struggling to compete with Chinese phone makers who sell phones that are cheaper than Samsung but otherwise are pretty much the exact same thing. This trouble for Samsung is not surprising.
Hard things are hard because there are no easy answers or recipes. They are hard because your emotions are at odds with your logic. They are hard because you don’t know the answer and you cannot ask for help without showing weakness.