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Leadership

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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Leaders Accept Responsibility

Great leaders recognize the people on their team who deserve it. They can, as President Dwight Eisenhower put it, “push praise down.” But what about blame? Great leaders also accept responsibility. They’re quick to share the praise, and to accept the blame when things go wrong. It’s not fun, and it can be difficult, especially…

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Stay Focused on the Moment

When I stepped onto the football field, I was not consciously thinking beyond the moment. Above all, I was not thinking about winning or losing. In the rest of my football career that followed, in college and in the NFL, I never thought about winning or losing. Not against Texas on September 20, 1958, in…

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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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How Football Taught Me to Learn from Defeat

I believe that learning from our failures is one of the—if not the—most valuable steps to achieving success. But our culture often tells us to avoid failure at all costs. I learned early on, though, that when I encountered defeat, failure, and difficulties, I needed to learn from those experiences and come out the other…

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See the Signs: Why Attention to Every Detail Matters

One of my most trusted mantras throughout my life has been that we all have to read the signs. The signs are everywhere. The signs are reality. If we look at reality, at what is happening around us, then we can make better decisions. That’s a lesson I learned from my Hall of Fame head…

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Don’t Fall in Love with Your Ideas

It is natural for us to get excited about our own ideas and projects. But as a small business owner, it’s important to keep objective about what you are doing, so that you will be willing to make a tough decision if you find that something is not working. When you come up with an…

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How to Be a Great Leader in Just Two Steps

Leadership is a controversial subject. Countless books and articles have been dedicated to pinpointing the exact qualities of a great leader—qualities, they say, that will apparently turn you into the next Winston Churchill or Oprah Winfrey. I’ve always thought that idea was a bit ridiculous. Not every leader is a dynamic, booming personality, and effective…

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Do or Don’t — But Make a Decision

Procrastination in business is a very real problem—for companies both large and small. I am continually amazed at how many people and companies have wall-to-wall meetings, all day, every day. At the end of the meeting, they have successfully scheduled the next meeting, and that’s it! They never actually get anything done. Ideas bounce around…

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