busy morning a friend came into my office and placed a ticket on my desk to
attend a conference conducted by Vince Lombardi. I had no idea who he was. One
look at the frown on my face and my friend laughed, “He is a famous football
coach!” Having no interest in football, I attempted to return the ticket to him
when he said, “Go to the lecture. You won’t be sorry.” That was 40 years ago
and the words of Vince Lombardi became the foundation of my life.
The ticket was for the
front seat in the first row surrounded by 500-700 people in the audience. None
were football players. All stood and applauded as he came on stage and stood
quietly at the podium. Vince Lombardi was not the average motivational speaker
and when he began to talk, I soon realized why his team was number one and we
would be in for some serious enlightenment as to what it would take to be number
one in any business or career.
As the coach of the Green
Bay Packers he said there was no room for second place, that football was a game
and it has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do and to win… and
to win…and to win.
To be competitive, you
must win fairly and by the rules. You have to be smart in any business and it
takes commitment; total commitment. “Winning is not a-some-time thing, it
is an all-the-time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them
right all the time.” When you make a commitment, it is a decision to do
something and cut away all our other options; the excuses and rationalizations.
The quality of a person’s life is in his commitment to excellence… to
have the discipline to make the sacrifices to achieve the right choices and
It is a commitment to have
the discipline and dedication to doing with our lives the very best we
can to make our careers more successful, to provide for our families, to secure
our communities, to teach and guide those wanting to learn and to make the world
a better place to live.
“To be successful, a man
must exert an effective influence upon others and the degree in which he
accomplishes this depends on the personality of the man: The incandescence of
which he is capable… the flame of fire…the Passion…that burns inside of
him and the magnetism which draws the hearts of other men to him. Some of us
will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged on one
~ ~ ~
In the early 1970’s
business owners, educators and leaders in government filled the conference rooms
in cities around the world to listen to the motivational speakers of the era:
Zig Zigler, Dr. Thomas A. Harris, Herb Cohen, Peter McWilliams, David J.
Schwartz, Robert J. Ringer and a host of others. Their purpose was to transform
their audiences to become positive in their thinking, to ignore the negative
influences in their lives and to be more successful in their careers, their
family lives and themselves as individuals. Vince Lombardi will always remain
the motivational leader.
Today I judge a person who
commits to excellence with the discipline and motivation to be successful, with
an ethical dedication and passion for his career and … of those who assist
others to achieve the same results of success, the real leaders in any industry.
Life is a game. We are a
team and together it’s a game we must win…