Our Accelerent meeting
featured another outstanding speaker Don Yaeger
– the former editor of Sports
Illustrated. In over hundreds of
interviews and encounters with athletes over the years he developed his 16
Consistent Characteristics of Greatness.
Qualities that those who
demonstrate greatness possess
- Hate losing more then love winning
- No excuses.
Excuses keep you from going from good to great. Basically make it happen. Determine
what is your good to great moment!
Three themes of Greatness
- Greatness is a process – no one is born
great. You must work at it
consistently and persistently.
- Not one single characteristic requires
physical skills; you must be mentally, emotionally and spiritually
- Great ones understand they are not perfect – they
must continually work to get it done.
thoughts that were shared
- Get help if you need it – never too big never
- Something will happen that will affect your
life – it is destine to happen – will you be better or bitter? Use adversity as the fuel to motivate
yourself – this is your inner fire!
- Value education
If you can’t change the people
around you, change the people you are around – seek to get better!
Determine what you will
get out of every situation you are in – yearn to learn!
So here are the 16 Consistent Characteristics of Greatness
How They Think
- It’s Personal – They hate to lose more then
they love to win.
- Rubbing Elbows – They understand the value of
- Believe – They have faith in a higher power.
- Contagious Enthusiasm – They are positive
thinkers…They are enthusiastic…and that enthusiasm rubs off.
How They Prepare
- Hope for the Best, But…They prepare for all
possibilities before they step on the field.
- What Off-Season? They are always working towards the next
game…The goal is what’s ahead, and there’s always something ahead.
- Visualize Victory – They see victory before the
- Inner Fire – They use adversity as fuel
How They Work
- Ice in Their Veins – They are risk-takers and
don’t fear making a mistake.
- When All Else Fails – They know how and when to adjust their game plan.
- Ultimate Teammate – They will assume whatever
role is necessary for the team to win.
- Not Just About the Benjamins – They don’t play
just for the money.
How They Live
- Do Unto Others – They know character is
defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.
- When no one is watching – They are comfortable
in the mirror…They live their life with integrity.
- When Everyone is Watching – They embrace the
idea of being a role model.
- Records are Made to be Broken – They know
their legacy isn’t what they did on the field. They are well-rounded.