Failure is Not Final

To learn from failure, you must own your failures. When you make a decision, you need to acknowledge that things can go wrong and take responsibility when they do. Owning failure means you examine it, rethink it, and figure out how to improve. Our parents tell us things like “Learn from your mistakes.” Most of […]

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Are You Going the Wrong Way?

If you’re going to win, you have to be able to identify when it’s time to change directions. No matter how hard you’re working and how fast you’re going, if you’re going the wrong way then you’ll never reach your destination. Jim Marshall was a teammate of mine on the Minnesota Vikings and a fantastic […]

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Embrace Failure!

If you’re a business leader, you have a responsibility to embrace failure. Most people—especially leaders, executives, managers, CEOs, administrators, chairpersons—avoid failure, both word and subject, as they would day-old sushi or French opera. Failure, it seems, is not a fit topic for polite conversation. For that matter, neither is doubt, fear, uncertainty, or lack of […]

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A Winning Culture Starts at Home

For me, my parents’ example was a lifelong lesson in the most fundamental fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Dad pursued his two passion—religion and education—while always finding ways to keep us fed, clothed, and housed. He never put our welfare on the line. He might have been a preacher, but he never preached to us. He walked […]

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Do You Know What You’re Failing At?

Before you can own your failure, you first have to know what you’re failing at. True knowledge is a start, not an end. It is a question, not an answer. When Walmart’s Sam Walton or Home Depot’s Bernie Marcus sought meaningful and productive knowledge, they did not attend a seminar, assemble a committee, convene a […]

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Belief and Action Equals Passion

I believe that if you’re going to do something, you have to really commit to it. Whatever you do, give it the best of yourself, not just “enough.” A big part of that commitment is having great passion for whatever it is you’re doing. If you look around at the people giving business advice, you’ll […]

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Living in a Land of Opportunity

I recently spent two weeks in Europe. It was a beautiful trip. We stayed in beautiful places, ate incredible food, met with some great friends of ours, and had a wonderful time. But above all, I came back home to America with a greater appreciation for our country and the unprecedented opportunities we have here. […]

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To Win, You Have to Know How to Lose

A paradox: I think one of the best signs that someone has a good chance to be successful is when they know how to deal with failing. I learned more from losing than I ever did from winning, and my greatest successes have all come about because of the things I learned from things that […]

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Are You Multiplying Your Team’s Success or Diminishing It?

Adapted from One More Customer by Fran Tarkenton and Scott Miller As you add to your team, whether with permanent or temporary members, hopefully you’ll add complementary talent to your own: individuals who share your values and work ethic, but add dimension to your company’s abilities. You don’t need eleven quarterbacks to make a winning team; diversity […]

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