If you want to be the best, there’s no shortcut.

20 10 2014

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” ~Beverly Sills

After watching a day of football, with a lot of talk about Peyton Manning breaking Brett Favre’s TD record, as well as some other “feel good” athlete stories, there was one recurring theme: hard work.  Elite athletes don’t just fall into their profession.  Sure, some of them have enough natural talent to dominate their high school team with little effort, but in order to get to the pro’s, it takes sweat, time, discipline, and dedication.  A devotion to your craft, to the detriment of many other distractions is what it takes.

Outside of athletes themselves, I’ve heard about the lack of down-time that the SEC coaches have, because the level of competition is so high that they can’t take time off.  As a Yankee who moved to Atlanta, I was warned about, and dismissed the passion that the SEC football conference inspires… until I got here.  Yes, I get it.  They are the best teams in football, and why is that?  They don’t take any shortcuts.  I’m sure there’s a leadership lesson in there somewhere.

Speaking of shortcuts…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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