Be an Open Door Leader

Many leaders work hard and do all the right things to reach the top—only to make a huge mistake that undoes so much of that work. They close the door. What does that mean? Well, a big part of achieving success in the first place is constantly learning new things and working with others to […]

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How Asking Questions Leads to Success

I have often said that I have never had an original idea. I can’t speak for anyone else, but in my life everything I’ve learned has come from what I see, what I hear, and what I read. But above all, I like to learn from watching and listening, so I make a point of […]

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Long Term Focus for Small Business

As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of an average day. Especially when work piles up in and around the office, entrepreneurs don’t always take the time to consider the long term impact of what they’re doing. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will […]

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Fully Commit to Your Game Plan

When I decide to do something, I fully commit to doing it. If I think that something is worth doing, then it is worth doing right, giving it my full attention and best effort. It might succeed, it might not—but I want to give it the best I have. As a quarterback, the time to […]

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Encourage Dissent!

Diverse thinking is one of the things I value the most. I want to hear all kinds of different ideas from all different sources. I don’t want other people to just echo back what I said, I want people to challenge me. And I don’t want everybody around me to think the exact same way. […]

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Success is Not an Accident

One of the many lessons I learned playing football that has completely translated into my life in business is that success doesn’t happen by accident; it takes a lot of hard work. Every player on the team has to work hard and learn all the fundamentals, the blocking and tackling, catching, reading a defense. And […]

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Scramblers

The things I did to become a better quarterback in the NFL have also had a major impact on my life in business. The principles from one directly applied to the other. As a quarterback, I was known as a scrambler. When a play starts to break down, there’s nobody open and the defense is […]

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It’s Not About Me

Your business isn’t about you. It’s not about what you think people want, it’s not what strategies you think will work, it’s not what you think your product or service’s value is. The reality is that any business has to be about meeting the needs of other people, providing a product or service that other […]

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The Thrill of Entrepreneurship

I have been blessed to have some really incredible experiences in my life. I got to play college football at the University of Georgia, and I got to play in the NFL for 18 years with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, including 3 Super Bowls. That was a lot of fun. But business […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. We all have strengths and weaknesses. There are things I am good at, and things I’m not good at. The biggest disasters come when we don’t recognize our weaknesses and act as if they were strengths—or even when we do recognize something is a weakness but […]

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