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Lessons Learned from the Greatest (Michael Jordan, anyone?)

IMG_20131104_130200This week Lori had the opportunity to attend the National Philanthropy Day celebration in Tallahassee. The keynote speaker was Don Yaegar, New York Times Bestseller and Sports Illustrated associate editor.  He spoke of his 25+ years in the sports world, his interviews with Walter Payten, Bob Wooden, Michael Jordan, Michael Oher and other amazing athletes.  After awhile he was able to find a thread of common characteristics for truly successful and GREAT people.  I love this list and believe it can be adapted into any career and life relationship:

16 Consistent Characteristics of Greatness

How They Think

1. It’s Personal – They hate to lose more than they love to win.

2. Rubbing Elbows – They understand the value of association.

3. Believe – They have faith in a higher power.

4. Contagious Enthusiasm – They are positive thinkers. They are enthusiastic…and that enthusiasm rubs off.

How They Prepare

5. Hope for the Best, But….  – They prepare for all possibilities before they step on the field.

6.  What Off-Season?  – They are always working towards the next game. The goal is what’s ahead, and there’s always something ahead.

7. Visualize Victory – They see victory before the game begins.

8.  Inner Fire – They use adversity as fuel.

How They Work

9. Ice In Their Veins – They are thoughtful risk-takers and don’t fear making a mistake.

10. When All Else Fails – They know how – and when – to adjust their game plan.

11. The Ultimate Teammate – They will assume whatever role is necessary for the team to win.

12. Not Just About the Benjamins – They don’t play just for the money.

How They Live

13. Do Unto Others – They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.

14. When No One is Watching – They are comfortable in the mirror.  They live their life with integrity.

15. When Everyone Is Watching – They embrace the idea of being a role model.

16. Records are Made to be Broken – They know their legacy isn’t what they did on the field.  They are well-rounded.

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