Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Cowboys’

Fanatical Fans

November 16, 2009

Last week I was at the Chicago Bears/49ers game at Candlestick Park. I had a pre-game field pass for this particular game and it gave me an entirely different vantage point from which to look at the fans in the stands.

It started me thinking about what makes sports fans all over the country holler till they’re hoarse, paint their faces in an array of colors, sit in snow and rain for hours to watch games, spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for tickets, and anxiously hold out footballs, jerseys, and other paraphernalia to be signed by their favorite players.

I also thought about what has made me a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan and the reason I have no less than 10 Cowboys t-shirts, plus jerseys, jamies, sweatshirts, ticket stubs, signed hats from training camps, and even earrings.

Ponder how the following sports fan traits relate to your business success:

1. Loyalty to a group – People have the need to feel like they belong. They need connectivity. Fair weather fans come and go but loyal fans attend games, buy season tickets, purchase apparel, and follow the team on television and on the Internet. They’re proactive in supporting their team.

Think about what loyalty means to you in your business. Are you loyal to your vendors, your clients, and your networking circle? In balancing work and play, are you a loyal friend? A loyal spouse? Are you loyal to your own journey of success?

2. Observing Examples of Excellence – I believe another reason we see fanatical fans is that they realize in a deep way, the effort, guts, determination and sheer hard work it takes to play and excel in their sport. It’s not all glitz and glitter; there’s constant preparation, both mental and physical; it’s moving beyond average into greatness with every single decision.

Think about examples of excellence you’ve observed from people in your own sphere of business and personal relationships. Who has spurred you onward to your own pursuit of greatness? Who has inspired you to move past your challenges and to not allow them to penalize your own determination? Have you thanked them lately for being part of your team?

3. Because of the “great ones” who have gone before – When I think of great ones, I tend to think of the legendary coaches of times past like Tom Landry, George Halas, and Vince Lombardi. Of course, there are players who will forever be etched in my memory for their consistent excellence on the field; players like Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Walter Payton, Joe Montana, and Jerry Rice.

Think about the great business and entrepreneurial mentors of times past as well as current ones. Who can you “adopt” as a personal mentor, whether through books, DVD’s, e-newsletters, or seminars? Whose example can you follow to take your own business success to the next level? Who can YOU be an example to?

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Heroes

June 24, 2009

So far in my life, I have three heroes. Each of them are my heroes for different reasons. As you read about mine, think of the heroes in your life and why they inspire you.

My first hero is Emmitt Smith, #22 of the Dallas Cowboys, 4 rushing titles, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP, 3 time Super Bowl champion, the one who set a record with 25 rushing touchdowns in 1995, Dancing With The Stars 1st place Champion in 1996.

“For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”  Emmitt Smith

Above my microwave cart, next to a Dallas Cowboys calendar, hang two Emmitt plaques. I won one of the plaques at a sports bar for knowing the dimensions of the goal posts – a silly thing for a girl to know but the information came in handy when I needed it.

Emmitt is my hero because he stands for excellence in everything he’s involved in. “I gave everything I possibly could to the game, on and off the field,” Emmitt proclaimed about his 14 year NFL career. Taking1st place on Dancing With The Stars was just another example of Emmitt and his life of excellence. He may not be ESPN’s choice for announcer of the year but Emmitt sets the standard for what it means to give 100% of yourself 100% of the time.

My second hero is Ty Pennington of Extreme Make-over Home Edition, rated the top 20 of all television programs. The show has won two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program and two People’s Choice Awards. Ty spends 240 days out of the year working on the show, and enthusiastically says it’s, “the greatest job in the world.” When Ty is asked what makes him tick, he’ll say, “It’s about the joy of doing things for others. ‘Extreme Makeover’ is about family, about America and about these random acts of kindness that can restore your faith in people.”

Ty is my hero because of what he gives back to communities throughout America – his name is synonymous with fresh hope and second chances and that’s exactly what this country needs.

My final hero is obscure next to the first two. You probably won’t even recognize his name and his face will probably never grace your t.v. screen. His name is Jorge Lacerda and he was a fellow cube mate at my former place of employment. I worked about 10 feet from Jorge and gained a wealth of knowledge from being in his presence. My guess is that Jorge is in his early 50’s.  His slow, calculated movements as a result of Parkinson’s Disease and his Brazilian accent really made understanding his speech a listening challenge. His mind, however, was as brilliant as they come.

Jorge is my hero because of the productive way he uses his time. He commuted more than an hour every day to get back and forth to work and he did this for 20 years. Instead of listening to news or other depressing garble, Jorge used his drive time to learn 5 languages. The amazing way Jorge used what is normally dead time inspires me to think about what I can accomplish with the time available to me. Will I waste it or use it to make myself more valuable to the world?

What about your heroes? Who are they? Why do they inspire you? Here’s a final thought – are you a hero to someone? Your kids? Your wife? Your family? Your church? Take some time to think about how you can cultivate and forge a path to being a hero to those around you.