Vince Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was a legendary American football coach. Best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, he led the team to three championships and five wins in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 seasons. The National Football League’s Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
Vince Lombardi – loved by some, feared by others, respected by all – was first and foremost a winner. The greatest sports coach of his time, perhaps all time, Lombardi was also a thoughtful man with uncommon passion, a great motivator with uncompromising values, and a leader with unprecedented wisdom and authority.
Coaching a football team and running a business have many things in common. Consider these for example:
- You need to find the right personnel who can complete the task assigned to them.
- You need to have a strategy and plan of attack for your team as a whole.
- You have to trust your team members to do the job well and consistently. How well you do that is measured by the bottom line – the score board in a game, and profit in business.
Here’s the great coach’s take on some of the essential elements for winning, be it a football game or in the market place: Commitment, Dedication, Leadership, Excellence, and Enthusiasm.
Individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work. Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him.
Winning in business or in personal life is all about inches; going small distances successfully, then gaining further still.
After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that is the price you will have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life.
If you are not fired with enthusiasm, then you will be fired with enthusiasm. It’s time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.
Follow these principles and you will be on the road to uncommon success.
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