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The Lombardi Rules - Lessons for Entrepreneurs

small-business-blogs-the-Lombardi-RulesLessons-for-EntrepreneursThrough the recent Broadway hit, "Lombardi," the words and wisdom of the legendary NFL football coach Vince Lombardi have re-surfaced and we are reminded of not only what a great coach he was, but a great teacher. If he were alive today, I believe he could provide not only inspiration but lessons that entrepreneurs, the world over, could use to help them, not only in their fledgling businesses, but in their lives.

My thanks to my brother John for providing me these words from his idol, which were adapted from Lombardi Rules: 26 Lessons from Vince Lombardi, so that I could provide them to you, my fellow entrepreneurs, seeking mastery and success!

Ask Yourself Tough Questions

Answer the question of purpose. Am I going to let my life be controlled by the crush of daily activities or will my purpose prevail over the demands that never cease to cry for attention.

Expect to be Observed

Whether you like it or not, you're being watched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People will know who you are by what you do more than by what you say.

Write Your Character

The word "character" is derived from old world concepts of engraving and inscribing. Character doesn't blink. It means seeking truth, finding and keeping faith, practicing humility and showing respect and compassion for others. Learn from hardship. Identify your heroes.

Total Commitment

The Latin root for commitment is "to cut away from," like an incision. When you commit to something you are cutting away all your other options. 100% effort, 100% of the time is what it takes to win.

Work Harder than Everybody

Do more than somebody else is willing to do and you'll end up winning. "Run it again" wasn't just something I said to the team, during practice, it was the way I lived my life.

Be Prepared to Sacrifice

Without pain, turmoil, commotion, anxiety, stress, and tension, there is no growth, no change. You must pay the price. You've got to pay a price for anything that's worthwhile.

Be Mentally Tough

Be willing to hold to your goals in the face of pressure and stress. Mental toughness means seeking out the pressure that can't be avoided anyway, and being energized by it. It's not the ability to survive a failure; it's the ability to come back stronger from failure.

Explain the Why's

Always start with why, not how. "I never tell a player this is my way, now do it. Instead I say, this is the way we do it, and this is why we do it."

Act, Don't React

Study the past, live in the present. Continue learning. Seize the moment.

Chase Perfection

You will never get there, but you'll end up with excellence because you chased it. Chasing perfection is both a necessary and frustrating part of life.

Use these lessons well, every day, and it will be bring you closer to the success you seek.

"The Entrepreneur's Yoda" knows these things. He's been there. May success be with you!


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