Don’t let success breed complacency

Looking back on his extraordinary career of 35 years, NASCAR driving legend Richard Petty noted that during his first 20 years of racing, he had an excellent record of winning.  For example, he won the Daytona 500 seven times! However, in the late 1970s, his career went into a…

Failure isn’t fatal

In 1860 a thirty-eight-year old man was working as a handyman for his father, a leather merchant.  He kept books, drove wagons and handled hides for about $66 a month.  Prior to this menial job the man had failed as a soldier, a farmer and a real estate agent. …

Don’t let fear of success hold you back

Legend has it that one day a man was walking in the desert when he met Fear and Plague.  They said they were on the way to a city to kill 10,000 people.  The man asked Plague if he was going to do all the work. Plague smiled and…

Inside the coach’s playbook

John Calipari is one of the most fascinating basketball coaches you will ever meet.  He is calm and animated at the same time.  He is intense yet introspective.  He loves to – and lives to – win.  And he always, always, always lives by the credo, “Players First.”  His…

Go the extra mile to find success

A man walking down a narrow, twisting road spotted a guru meditating on the grass. “Excuse me, master,” he called.  “Is this the road to success?” The old man nodded silently and pointed a finger in the direction the traveler was headed. He thanked the guru and hurried on…

Make failure the beginning of greatness

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet.  Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3 foot wall.  The animals will not jump if they cannot see where…

Visualize Success

  One of the best ways to use your imagination is to visualize or fantasize success. Long ago I came to realize that projecting myself into a successful situation was the most powerful means of attaining my personal goals. That’s what a placekicker does when he comes on the…

Believe in Yourself, Even When No One Else Does

Lesson 15 Believe in Yourself, Even When No One Else Does Remember the four-minute mile? People had been trying to achieve it since the days of the ancient Greeks. In fact, folklore has it that the Greeks had lions chase the runners, thinking that would make them run faster….

Don’t Get Mad and Don’t Get Even Either

  Like everyone else, I have accumulated my share of enemies in the course of a lifetime. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Forgive they enemies is a very difficult advice for many of us to follow. After all, if someone has harmed us, we tend to want to…

Acting Smart and Being Smart

Of all the human failings that can destroy a business, arrogance is the deadliest.  it is the most readily acquired, the easiest to justify, and the hardest to recognize in ourselves. It’s different from greed, laziness, or dishonesty.  These faults are usually individual flaws, not contagious to entire companies….