In honor of this weekend’s Super Bowl, we thought it fitting to put together our Top 6 Words of Wisdom from football legend, Vince Lombardi:
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”
“Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is.”
“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”
And because we couldn’t just keep it to 6, here’s one more for the extra point:
“After all the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written, and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and after all the pomp and fanfare have faded, the enduring thing that is left is the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.”
We know it’s been a while since we posted some “Words of Wisdom” on the Inta-Great blog, so we decided to give you 15 of our favorites at once!
(If you follow Inta-Great on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen some of these before, and if you are not already following us onFacebook or Twitter—you should!)
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt
“Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.” – Rick Warren
“About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.” – Gloria Pitzer
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
“When you find yourself in a hole, the best thing you can do is stop digging.” – Warren Buffett
“We’ve been put on this earth to invest in other people. That’s when you get the greatest joy and satisfaction in life–when you invest in other people.” – Kathy Coder, President of Inta-Great
“Research shows convincingly that EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is more important than IQ in almost every role and many times more important in leadership roles.” – Stephen R. Covey
“With practice & patience you can do anything you set your mind to.”
“Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It’s wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in their people! You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” – Booker T. Washington
“You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson
“Make something of yourself. Try your best to get to the top, if that’s where you want to go, but know that the more people you try to take with you, the faster you’ll get there, and the longer you’ll stay there.” – James A. Autry
“Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first and last day of your life.” – Chase the Lion
How can you make a positive difference where you are right now? In what areas of your life have you grown cynical, and how can you start to overcome that? If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? What are you currently thankful for?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
What are the things you keep putting off today to do tomorrow instead? What risks have you been avoiding?
“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach.” – Dr. Benjamin Mays
Take a moment to sit down and write out some of your goals for the rest of this year. What do you want to accomplish?