Keys to winning?

I was fortunate enough to hear Gale Sayers this past week.  He had some great messages in the keynote speech he gave.  Here is a man who has succeeded on two fronts.  He is in the National Football Hall of Fame as well as the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.  Great accomplishments forged by hard work.  He values both and believes his success came from being on time, giving his all, and having some God-given talent.

However, the quote that stuck with me was about Brian Picolo, the other running back with the Bears. Gale said that:  “Pic would tell you he won’t get you one sixty like me, but he’ll get you ten sixes“.

We all remember the big run.  It was different from the rest and is in the news.  But… does it really win the game?  Unless you can also grind it out, you may have flashes but not last and may not win.  So, it is great when your team has a player with the ability to break a big one, but be sure to appreciate the utility player that delivers consistent, effective performance in moving to the goal.  He tires out the competition.

Also, one attendee asked was about how fast was Gale in his prime in the 100 yd dash.  He did not know but gave a good answer.  The goal was potentially 100 yards away but he had to beat one player at a time to get there.  He could negotiate the field by starting and stopping and switching directions better than any of the defenders.  They would end up trying to tackle him and he would not be there.  So, again, success comes from our ability to adapt to change better and faster than anyone else – get to that open spot in the field where we can run free.

So, my goal for this week:

  1.  Do 10 things well to move toward my goals, not just one big thing
  2. Read the field and avoid the competitors and barriers – find the open spot

Have a great week! 


P.S. Please, give me a call or drop me an email if there is anything I can do to help.



Author: John

Business Executive with Marketing, Product, Sales and General Management Experience. Currently, consulting in areas of strategic marketing, pricing excellence, key account management, and market driven innovation. Love to read, ride my bike, swim, compete in tri's, pick/drink wine, meet with friends, live life.

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