Examples from the game of football are often used to illustrate determination, overcoming adversity and long odds, competition, and success; and our everyday language is filled with gridiron metaphors and memorable quotes. It is only natural that Don Shula, the coach with more wins in professional football than any other, speaks about inspiring others to win. Using examples from the football field he reveals his secrets of successful coaching and how they apply to any leadership position, as well as personal success.
Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
For over 22 years, Doug Flutie's name has been synonymous with excellence in college and professional football. Named College Football Player of the Year in 1984, Doug set NCAA career records for passing yards and total offense.
Dr. Gary Bradt is an author, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, C-Suite executive coach and speaker on the topic of adapting to and leading through change.
Internationally Respected Expert on Corporate Issues and Agent of Change; Named by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of North America's top 100 Thought Leaders: Author of "Awakening Corporate Soul", "The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" and the upcoming "Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything" (January 2012)
Elie Wiesel's statement: "...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all..." stands as a succinct summary of his views on life and serves as the driving force of his work.
"I gave everything I possibly could to the game, on and off the field," Smith proclaimed about his 14 year NFL career. Born May 15th, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, Smith began his illustrious career at Escambia High School, before attending the University of Florida and being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1990 draft.
Inspiring Film Maker and Founder of Live in Wonder Entertainment, a foward-thinking lifestyle brand company that celebrates eco-friendly practices, social entrepreneurism and global citizenship.
Fran Drescher is an actress known for her starring roles on "The Nanny" and "Happily Divorced." She is also a cancer survivor and an awareness and prevention advocate.
Frank Reich is known for his incredible comebacks. Not once but twice in his football career, he led his team to victory in the face of virtually insurmountable odds. In 1984, down by more than 30 points, he engineered a record-setting comeback in college football. In 1993, he did it again as a professional. Today, his exciting determination on the football field and inspiring boldness for the Lord endure after a long journey of "the highest of highs and the lowest of lows."
Reminisce for any length of time about the gridiron glory of college and professional running backs and the name Gale Sayers emerges to the forefront. Sayers' work ethic and development of his God-given athletic talents resulted in his selection into the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Sayers' entire NFL career (1965-1971) soon became a treasured highlight film. The quick, agile and elusive Sayers caused scores of missed tackles and created never-ending headaches for defensive coaches throughout the league.
A calm sea does not make a good sailor. This ancient proverb describes Gary McCord's approach to his job as a golf commentator. Over the years, he has been referred to as irreverent, witty, approachable, colorful, delightfully different, and is one of those few players to successfully make the transition from the course to the microphone.
Born in January 1968, Heather Mills is a Patron of Adopt-A-Minefield and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador who has campaigned for over 14 years to raise funds and awareness to rid the world of landmines.
Herman Boone was born October 28, 1935 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and is a former football coach at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
James Worthy defines the term "most valuable player","not just in his career as a superstar athlete, but as an entrepreneur, sports broadcast analyst, commercial spokesman, and devoted father.
Unusually slender for a swimmer at 5-foot-5 and only 102 pounds, Evans dominated the 1987 U. S. championships by winning four events, the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. She was the first woman to break the 16-minute barrier for 1,500 meters.
Indiana University graduate, Jared Fogle, lost 245 pounds using what he calls "The Subway Diet." At the age of 22, Fogle weighed 425 pounds and was not happy with the way he looked.
American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the NBA. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors.
Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer who has been featured on CNN and in USA TODAY and has spoken across the country to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.
On August 7, 2000, Julie Krone became the first woman honored in Thoroughbred racing's national Hall of Fame. Over 19 seasons she won 17% of her races and rode horses earning more than $81 million. Along the way she set or tied a number of records-some for female jockeys, others regardless of gender.
The boy who became "Dr. J" began life in a public housing project but his talent, hard work and determination were to take him a long way. One of the most exciting and talented players in the history of professional basketball, Julius Erving literally changed how the game is played.
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