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    Dennis Kelley is a seasoned professional with over 30 years experience leading teams and coaching people to success. Dennis is in high demand as a speaker, consultant, trainer and an author... Read More

    David Kelley

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  • October 2008
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What It Takes to Achieve Excellence

Recently, I read an article by Lou Holtz, the legendary football coach. Holtz was telling a story about an encounter he had with basketball great Michael Jordan. Holtz and Jordan were at the Jimmy Valvano Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament. They were discussing what it took to be great at what you do. The conversation came around to what it takes to achieve excellence.

To make a point, Jordan pointed to an NBA All-Star player in the room and said, “Lou, he will never win the championship.” The player overheard Michael say this and said, “What do you mean? I’ve been all-pro.” Michael asked him, “How many pounds overweight are you?” The player said, “Thirty,” but then added, “We’re not in camp right now.” Michael’s response was, “That’s why you won’t win.”

The point is that if you want to achieve excellence and be great – in your business or your life – you have to think about it and practice for it all the time, not just when the clock is running or someone is watching. As a coach, I want clients who are committed to excellence and willing to do what it takes to get there. When you are committed to excellence you do the right things because you are focused on it all the time – not just when it is convenient. Start by picking one area you can commit to excellence and don’t stop until you have achieved it. I can tell you from my experience that if an individual is successful in one area, he or she can do well in every other area of business and life.

This story with Lou Holtz stuck with me and is pertinent to what we all do everyday in our business. I wanted to share it with you and hope you will find it of value. During these turbulent times in our country and economy, it is important for us to remember that achieving success is up to each of us individually. You can accomplish anything you want if you are committed to excellence.


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