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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Start Your Business with Value

When you start a business, the first thing you have to have is a product or service that solves problems for people. You have to have something that people actually want, that they can use. Once you have that, you have to provide people with great value. Many businesses that find themselves leading the way […]

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How to Achieve Peak Performance

I would have to think that most people are interested in peak performance, whether it be individually, as a team, or as a business. How do we, in the most stressful situations, perform at the highest level? I think this is one of the great challenges that we face in life. There is no question […]

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Avoid the Complacency Trap

Every organization has to watch out for the complacency trap. Whether it’s government, big business, or even small business, we all have to beware of getting stuck doing the same old thing, and really getting nothing done at all. Our natural tendency is to get comfortable doing things one particular way. In business, we sell […]

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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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