The greatest lesson I learned in sports that helps me run my business is there’s no I in team. That’s the hardest lesson for people to learn. A real team effort involves utilizing tremendous strength and tremendous ego for the benefit of the team. You can have great individual efforts, but an individual effort is only as good as you are. You can’t get exponential power. The practice in business is doing all of the little things and doing them perfectly.
-Thomas Barrack, Jr in Come to win by Venus Williams
To add growth, lead followers. To multiply, lead leaders.
-John C. Maxwell
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
Well, if you don’t have time to do it right, what makes you think you’ll have time to do it over?
-Seth Godin in Purple Cow
Our cultural instinct is to wait to get picked. No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.
-Seth Godin in Icarus Deception
One of the greatest lessons I learned from sports that has helped me in business is to never be afraid to put extreme effort in. If you don’t do your absolute best, then you can’t expect to achieve anything different from what anybody else has done.
-Sarina Bratton in Come to win by Venus Williams
It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It’s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It’s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it’s the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call “accumulative advantage.”
Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
-Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers