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Tim BrownTim Brown is a nine-time pro bowler, a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has the fifth most all-purpose yards in the history of the NFL.

With those incredible credentials it’s hard to believe that halfway through college at Notre Dame, Brown seemed to be on the path to a very average football career. He was seeing limited playing time and had even questioned whether he was on the right path as a football player.

That’s when Lou Holtz stepped in. Shortly after he was hired as Notre Dame’s new head coach, Holtz told Brown he thought he could be the best player in the country. Such an idea sounded crazy to Tim Brown, but Holtz didn’t back down… [click to continue…]


It’s not a coincidence that the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, was also known for being one the hardest-working athletes of his generation. His relentless work ethic is legendary.

With Jordan’s work ethic in mind, it might seem odd to hear him say that he always tried to avoid “work.” Yet, it was exactly that approach which allowed him to consistently outwork his competition. Jordan explains… [click to continue…]

Mike DitkaGoal-setting is an essential part of any success program. If you don’t have a clear vision of where you want to go, how can you ever expect to get there?

There are two approaches when it comes to setting goals.

One approach is set small, manageable, and “realistic” goals so that you’ll build your confidence and avoid disappointment. The other approach is to set big, crazy, and “unreasonable” goals so that even if you fall short of your goals, you’ll still be achieving much greater things than if you had aimed lower.

Highly-successful people follow the latter approach.

Mike Ditka is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s also one of only two people in history to win the Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach.

Here’s how Iron Mike advises people to set goals… [click to continue…]

Derek JeterDerek Jeter is a 14-time MLB All-Star and a five-time World Series champion. He owns the MLB record for most hits ever by a shortstop (3,465) and he has a lifetime batting average above .300. His 20-year career with the New York Yankees was one of the greatest in baseball history.

Jeter is also a case study in the power of positive thinking.

Baseball is a “sport of failure.” Even the greatest hitters of all-time—players like Derek Jeter—fail at the plate roughly 70 percent of the time. Each season, the very best teams in baseball must endure around 60 losses or more throughout the year. To overcome so much failure and to ultimately succeed at a high level for a long period of time is a lesson in perseverance.

And, as Derek Jeter points out, it’s also a lesson in positive thinking[click to continue…]

Pat WilliamsPat Williams found extraordinary success when he found what he calls his “sweet spot” in life. One of the NBA’s most admired and accomplished executives, Williams is also a sought-after motivational speaker, the author of more than 100 books, and a former professional baseball player.

Williams was once asked what his “secret to success” was. The senior vice president of the Orlando Magic responded with this success formula…

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Michael JordanTo achieve any worthwhile goal, you have to be relentless.

You must have the grit and determination to never give up. You have to promise yourself that you will keep getting back up, no matter how many times you get knocked down. You have to commit yourself to always moving forward, no matter what type of adversity comes your way.

As stated in Think Like a Warrior, perseverance is a choice. You must CHOOSE to never give up on your dreams—no matter how tough it gets along the way. Making the choice to never give up is the first step to making any difficult dream come true.

However, when it comes to being relentless, it’s also important to understand that making the decision to never give up means being willing to adapt along the way. You have to be willing to change course and attack your goals in new ways if you hit a brick wall with your original plan.

Tim Grover is a sports performance coach who has trained world-class athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade. Being relentless is the foundation of Grover’s philosophy and he’s known for pushing people further than they ever thought they could go.

Grover also knows that there will be times when you must change course and alter your plan of attack. This change requires courage… [click to continue…]

Bill BelichickBill Belichick is the NFL’s most successful current head coach. As leader of the New England Patriots, Belichick has won five Super Bowls, which ties him with legends Vince Lombardi and George Halas as the only head coaches to win five NFL titles. He is currently the longest-tenured coach in the NFL and he ranks fourth all-time in number of victories.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Belichick shared his thoughts on leadership and success. He offered these six lessons for finding success and happiness in life… [click to continue…]

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