Friday, September 25, 2009

Success is an everyday proposition

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From "The Winner's Manual" by Jim Tressel
"Success is an everyday proposition. It isn’t defined by a championship game or the day you get your diploma, get drafted by an NFL team, make the big sale, land the account of a lifetime, or get your law degree. But the key to a successful life is in the journey and the process. It’s that emphasis on the journey to success that we work on each day, step by step.

To me, the process is what’s most fun in football, and I’m sure it’s that way for any profession.

The process of going full bore into the season and balancing your purpose with your goals and the family you love and all the things you try to accomplish—it’s a daily adventure.

It’s important to let our goals spring from our purpose. It makes sense that if we’re going to do the best we can do, our best should come from who we really are."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quiet Leadership

Bo Pelini obviously has no problems with the way Ndamukong Suh is playing, or leading.
Pelini describes Suh as "a leader by example." Most everyone describes the standout senior DT that way.
Quiet leadership works just fine, Bo said.
"The best leader I've ever been around is Jerry Rice, and he never said a word -- or very seldom did," said Pelini, an assistant secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994-96.

A leader does not always have to lead with his voice, he can lead with his actions.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Teamwork makes the dream work

From John Maxwell's "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork:"

One mistake I’ve seen people repeatedly make is that they focus too much attention on their dream and too little on their team. But the truth is that if you build the right team, the dream will almost take care of itself.

Take for example a player that has a dream of playing athletics at the Division I level. This dream will not happen unless the team does well. The same can be said for all state honors, the team must do well for it to happen.

If you want to achieve your dream—I mean really do it, not just imagine what it would be like—then grow your team.

When the team you have doesn’t match up to the team of your dreams, then you have only two choices: Give up your dream, or grow up your team.