Posts by Fran Tarkenton

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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How I Let My Passion Follow My Opportunities

Sometimes a business idea comes from a passion. There’s something you love, you’re completely immersed in it, and it becomes a business. The whole idea of the gurus who say, “Do what you love,” and “Follow your passion” comes from this path. But that’s not the only way to start a business. That’s never really…

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The One Thing Your Business Idea Needs

There’s really only one thing you need to start a business. It’s the one thing that’s more important than your genius, your work ethic, the honesty of your partners, your credit rating, your friends’ cash, your charm, your business plan, your logo, your office space, your website, your distribution strategy, your manufacturing deal, or your…

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Why Relationships Matter

The most important thing in my life has been the value of relationships. The most important thing in my business life? All about relationships. In my athletic life? All about relationships. In my family life? All about relationships. If you don’t have great relationships on your football team, in your family, school, or business, then…

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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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The Power of Bootstrapping

I’ve learned a lot from failure. One of the biggest lessons came from one of my earliest businesses. After a couple years in professional football, with a motley assortment of jobs in the offseason, I wanted to go out and start my own business. I worked with a close friend of mine to think through…

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Scrambling and the Refusal to Accept Defeat

When I was preparing to enter the NFL in 1961, I was 6’0”, 185 pounds, and a third-round draft choice. The reason I was taken in the third round was because they didn’t think I was good enough to play. If you play quarterback at a big school like the University of Georgia and you’re…

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Building a Team Through Shared Goals

For any business to succeed, you have to build a team that works together. That team includes you as the business owner, any employees you have, your vendors, your partners—everyone who is part of running your business. When it comes to building that team, although talent is important, a cohesive group that sticks together is…

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Finding Your Confidence

We might like to believe otherwise, but the reality is that things don’t always go smoothly. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been in business for decades, no matter how successful you are or what you do, there are surprises waiting around the corner, obstacles for you to overcome, and problems to solve. So…

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