What Champions Read

Jim TresselTo live a successful and fulfilling life, you must work for a purpose greater than yourself.

I talked a lot about this principle in my book, Old School Grit. The main point is that you have to have a compelling reason for WHY you’re doing what you do. This reason has to be a driving force that carries you forward when the going gets tough.

A paycheck isn’t a good enough reason. Personal glory isn’t a good enough reason. Proving someone wrong isn’t a good enough reason.

In the short-term, these reasons can fuel you forward. In the long-term, that motivation will dwindle and you’ll lose your enthusiasm.

You have to live for a purpose much greater than yourself.

Jim Tressel, the former football coach at Ohio State and Youngstown State, illustrates the power of purpose with the following story… [click to continue…]

Bear BryantLegendary college football coach Bear Bryant valued perseverance above everything else. He pushed his players further than they realized they could go…and then pushed them some more. He wanted his players equipped to perseverance through the season’s toughest games and through life’s toughest times.

Throughout his 38 seasons as a head coach, Bryant instilled these two lessons again and again:

1- You’re capable of much more than you think you are.
2- One of the worst things you can do in life is quit.

Bear Bryant despised the idea of quitting.

“The first time you quit, it’s hard,” Bryant once said. “The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”

Bear Bryant was convinced that perseverance was the key to success both on and off the football field… [click to continue…]

Pat SummittAccording to Pat Summitt, the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach who won 1,098 games and eight National Championships, there is one important quality that separates achievers from everyone else.

In sports, in business, and in life, this is the quality that separates those who rise to the top from those who are content with being average… [click to continue…]

Bo SchembechlerWhenever things aren’t going your way, whenever business is slow, whenever health issues arise, whenever you find yourself in the middle of a losing streak; there’s a tendency to go searching for a quick and innovative fix.

You pay for some innovative marketing system to help your business grow, you buy some magic pill that promises to cure all your health issues, or you go searching for the latest self-help fad everyone is talking about.

While it’s important to adapt to changing conditions, a “quick fix” innovative solution will rarely solve your problems. The solution to whatever problem you’re facing will usually be found in execution, not innovation.

Hall of Fame college football coach Bo Schembechler won 13 Big Ten championships during his 21 years as head coach at Michigan. In the passage below, Bo explains why execution always trumps innovation… [click to continue…]

Mike Leach

Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite times of year. It’s the start of the college football season and it’s also a time for all of us to step back and reflect on what it is we’re doing for a living.

Is my work fulfilling and am I doing my job to the best of my ability?

Is my current profession the job I was born to do?

Am I doing what I truly WANT to be doing for a living?

It’s important to reflect on these questions from time to time. Your calling at age 30 may be a lot different at age 40, 50, or beyond.

With these questions in mind, here’s one of my favorite stories about a man who found his true calling and wasn’t afraid to go after it—regardless of what the naysayers told him. [click to continue…]

Sylvester StalloneWe all know that too much stress is bad for us. It leads to poor health, poor decision-making, and, poor results. But what do you do if you’ve chosen a high-stakes, high-pressure, always-changing profession? Is stress unavoidable for the coach, athlete, entrepreneur, or parent?

The truth is, regardless of your profession, there are proven techniques for eliminating stress. They take discipline to implement, but the stress-reducing results are more than worth it.

Here are five simple ways to deal with stress from someone who knows plenty about it, writer/director/actor/entrepreneur (and member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) Sylvester Stallone… [click to continue…]

Bill SnyderWhat Bill Snyder did at Kansas State is almost inconceivable. In 1989, Snyder took over the worst program in all of college football and turned the Wildcats into a top-10 team within just seven seasons.

The Hall-of-Fame coach has led K-State to more than 200 wins, 18 bowl games, nine seasons with 10 or more wins, six Top-10 finishes, and two Big 12 championships. Shocking success for a school that considered dropping its football program altogether just before Snyder arrived.

Bill Snyder’s turnaround at Kansas State is unequivocally the greatest turnaround in college football history.

How did he do it? What was the foundation for this unprecedented turnaround?

Snyder built his program on what he calls the 16 Goals for Success[click to continue…]

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