Posts by Fran Tarkenton

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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Are the Right People in Your Culture?

What kind of culture do you want to have in your workplace? Your culture will depend in large part on the people who are part of your business. During my time in the NFL, I saw this first hand. On game day in our locker room, if we had 39 All Pros and one total…

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

In 1989, the 101st Congress passed what is popularly called the Whistleblower Protection Act, designed to encourage federal workers to report violations of law or regulations, gross mismanagement, waste of funds, abuse of authority, or dangers to health or safety in the federal agencies in which they work. The act protects whistleblowers against retaliation for…

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Everybody Needs a Coach

Many of us underestimate the power of coaching. In sports, coaches make players better—as long as the player will listen to the coach. Why does it work? It’s because coaches have a vast experience of the sport that they’re playing, whether it’s an individual sport like golf or a team sport like football. Coaches can…

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Strive to Be Your Best Self

Your business is like a family: You need to create a culture of respect that makes everyone want to be their best self. My dad created—to use a business term—a very special culture in my family. It was a culture of respect, transparency, and kindness, of openness to people as they are. We didn’t yell…

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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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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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