Ziglar Newsletter for October 25 2011
has an article by Zig titled The Heart of a Champion. Zig refers to NFL stars Mike Singletary, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice. Make sure to click on the link to read the entire Newsletter, including the article by Chip Lutz titled Give Your Ideas Wings.
Emmitt Smith’s 40-yard speed was not earth-shattering, either, and that caused him to be drafted later than he otherwise would have been. Again, the experts could not measure his heart nor the burst of speed he was able to generate from the instant he touched the ball. As a result of both, he was able to break through the hole at the line and pick up those five to eight yards on a consistent basis and frequently break for much longer runs.
Jerry Rice is the other classic example. His 40-yard speed also was not record-breaking, but his commitment to excellence and the fact that he was a game-player, meaning that once the chips were down he was at his best, were not measurable. Video tape of Jerry Rice shows him running stride for stride down field with a defensive back until the pass is thrown to him. At that point, Jerry turns on the afterburners and frequently leaves the defensive back well behind.
There’s something here for all of us to learn. Namely, we can measure I.Q., speed, strength and a host of other things, but the will to win and the commitment to excellence will enable a person of average ability to excel. So, use what you’ve got—including your heart—and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings.