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Dabo Swinney’s Top 10 Success Quotes

Dabo SwinneyThe Clemson Tigers pulled off a last-second victory over Alabama to win the 2016 college football National Championship.

For Clemson, it was the school’s first national title since 1981. For Dabo Swinney, it confirmed his status as one of the nation’s elite coaches.

On his way to winning the National Championship, Swinney led his Tigers to back-to-back wins over Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes and Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Meyer and Saban are generally considered the two best active coaches in the sport. To beat these future Hall-of-Famers in back-to-back games is a remarkable accomplishment.

Dabo Swinney has quickly won over a nation of fans. His rags-to-riches story, his quick wit, his memorable one-liners, and his relentless confidence in the power of positive thinking reminds me a lot of another legendary coach, Lou Holtz.

Swinney is the type of leader who exudes optimism, but don’t confuse his belief in positive thinking with a passive Pollyanna attitude. Dabo is a fighter. He has a warrior mentality.

To better understand Dabo Swinney’s success philosophy, here are 10 of his most memorable success quotes…

1- “To be an overachiever you have to be an over-believer.”

This is Coach Swinney’s most famous line and it sums up his optimistic outlook on life. Dabo doesn’t believe in thinking small. He knows how important it is to set BIG goals and to ignore the naysayers who tell him to lower his expectations. [click to continue…]

John CalipariWe live in a fast-paced, highly-competitive, constantly-changing world. No matter what industry you’re working in, the rapid pace of change can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. If you’re not careful, the ever-changing demands of your daily work life can lead to such high stress levels that you get burned out and lose your enthusiasm and focus for whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish.

We have three choices for how we can deal with changing circumstances and the stress that this can cause.

First, we can dwell on the past and try (unsuccessfully) to avoid the task at hand.  Second, we can worry about the future and all the uncertainties that lie ahead. Or third, we can choose to accept things as they are and discipline our thoughts to seek peace and clarity in the present moment.

The first two choices lead to more stress and eventual burnout. Successful people focus on the third choice.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari knows what it’s like to work in an extremely competitive and ever-changing field. He offers three practical steps for keeping your focus on the present and avoiding burnout in your career… [click to continue…]

Why You’re Not Achieving the Goals You Set

JC WattsGoals are vital to a person’s wellbeing. Numerous studies have shown that simply writing down specific, measurable goals will give you a distinct advantage over those who don’t.

I’ve personally seen the power of goal-setting work again and again in my life. But I’ve also found—as you probably have too—that setting goals alone is not enough.

There is a way to take goal-setting to another level. [click to continue…]

Michael JordanTo coincide with the launch of my new book, Old School Grit, I’ve been discussing what it means to have an “old school” mentality.

I recently wrote about the “old school code” that some of the greatest coaches of all time lived by. Today, I want to talk about the “old school attitude” that drove Michael Jordan to become the greatest basketball player ever.

Jordan will always be known for his incredible work ethic and his extreme competitiveness, but a certain old school principle was another one of the driving forces behind his success. MJ believed that you are not entitled to anything and you must go out and earn everything you get… [click to continue…]

Old School GritI’m excited to announce that Book No. 2 in the Sports for the Soul series is here!

This new book is all about GRIT.

Good, old-fashioned, keep-moving-forward, never-back-down GRIT!

Psychologists tell us that the “secret” to a successful and happy life, more than anything else, is something called GRIT. Defined as the willpower to persevere with passion and a sense of purpose, research shows that grit is what matters most in whether a person succeeds or fails. [click to continue…]