A Strong Team Can Carry Your Vision to the End Zone

There’s a strong correlation between top-performing athletic teams and the corporate world, in that both understand the extreme importance of teamwork.

Just as a football coach needs to assign specific players to a position, entrepreneurs need to follow suit when looking to grow their business to take things to the next level. Every employee must have a role, and everyone must play their part. The key is to assemble a team that believes in your vision.

I often see entrepreneurs try to do it all on their own. This is a huge mistake. When something means so much to us, we can be hesitant to let others handle important duties or contribute to our masterpiece. However, you can stunt your growth, innovation and sales rate if you don’t start enrolling others in your vision.

Here are three tips on assembling a world-class team:

1. Fully believe in your vision.

It’s incredible how many entrepreneurs and business owners hire people who aren’t completely sold on their vision. This is extremely toxic and will do more harm than good. Whether you are looking to hire full time, or you’re just looking to delegate a project, make sure the candidate fully believes in your vision and where you want to go. Just as a football team needs every single player to believe they’ll win the Super Bowl, you need the same type of commitment and unity.

2. Fill in the weaknesses.

You are the captain of the ship and the main visionary. A big pitfall many entrepreneurs come across is spending an enormous amount of time on activities that aren’t their strong suit. Finding someone who is a master at something you may lack skill in is essential. This not only saves precious time, but ensures a fabulous job gets done. A quarterback isn’t going to handle a kicker’s duties and vice versa. The same goes for you and your business. Stay in your sweet spot and assemble others to fill the other positions

3. Look for the hustle DNA.

One of the worst decisions I ever made when it came time to assembling a team around me was paying too much attention to resumes and overlooking what mattered most, the “hustle DNA,” as I like to call it. You want to be able to form a team of people who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The hustle DNA is now one of the first things I look for, because it can’t be taught. My philosophy is if you are a relentless worker who never settles for mediocrity and wants to make a tremendous difference in the marketplace, I can teach you the technical aspects of my business.

Once you’ve assembled your dream team, nothing should stand in the way of advancing your vision.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

What the NFL Taught Me About Being a Motivated Entrepreneur

Let’s face it, entrepreneurs and business owners deal with more stress, challenges and setbacks than most. As the going gets hard, motivation levels tend to decrease drastically.

The experience and amount of hardships that come along with entrepreneurship is a lot like a roller coaster. Things start off slow, then, in a blink of an eye rapidly shoot out the gate, offering up plenty of twists and turns along the way. Hopefully, at the end of the ride your arms are high in the air in complete satisfaction.

That said, those twist and turns are trying times where pressure and frustration may have you second guessing what exactly it is you got yourself into. That’s why it’s very important we take control of our emotions and find ways to fire ourselves up.

As a former professional athlete, I had to constantly program my mind and motivate myself even in the midst of some of the most difficult times in my life. These are the exact same strategies I have been implementing into my everyday life for the past ten years which have helped me achieve some audacious goals as an entrepreneur.

Here is what I have learned along the way about staying motivated all day long.

Carry a ‘trigger card’ around with you everywhere you go.

I call it a “trigger” card because one glance at this notecard should have you fired up and ready to take things to the next level immediately. It consists of writing your two most important goals on a notecard in the present tense as if you already accomplished them. On the flip side of the card, pick two to three quotes that really move and inspire you. Whenever you are feeling down or unmotivated, pull your trigger card out and read it over a few times.

Talk to yourself like a champion.

Thinking positive and empowering thoughts is one thing but talking to yourself like a champion, reconditions your thought process in an instant. With power and conviction, repeat phrases such as, “I am the greatest at what I do,” “There is nothing that I can’t do when I fully commit myself,” and “There is nothing ordinary about me. I am a champion.”

Rewrite your goals at some point throughout the day.

It is important to pick a time (or two) during the day to rewrite your goals. From my experience, I have observed that a majority of people have goals wandering around in their head, yet, only a small percentage have clear, written out goals and an even smaller percentage rewrite their goals daily. Throughout our hectic day we become very susceptible to fall off track and forget about what we are striving towards. This alone can take motivation levels to the next level throughout the work day.

Search for ways to grow and invest in your personal development.

This is a complete game changer. Constantly feed your mind with material that will uplift your spirit and help you grow in your line of work. Try turning off the music and indulging in a good audio book during your commute to work. Read for 10 to 15 minutes on your lunch break. Reach out to a friend or mentor who always seems to leave you in a more positive and motivated place.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

Are You Willing To Pay The Price?

One of the major differences that separates the average from the great is their willingness to sacrifice. The average person who has achieved just average results will complain about not being satisfied with where they are in life. They will keep telling you over and over again about all of the reasons as to why they aren’t where they think they should be in life.

On the other hand, the greats make no complaints at all. They know that when you put in the work every day, you don’t have to worry about the results. They fully understand that their willingness to pay the price and sacrifice greatly will lead them to the results they were looking for.

Every day an ordinary person is achieving extraordinary success because of their willingness to sacrifice and outwork everyone else.

Everything worthwhile in life has a price tag, and that goes for  your biggest goals and dreams in life as well. Are you willing to pay the price?

When I was a junior in high school, I made a decision and declared that I wanted to get a division one scholarship. Mind you, I was coming off a very mediocre junior season with no collegiate teams taking notice. The first thing I did was ask myself if I was willing to pay the price.

Instead of enjoying myself on the weekends with friends, going to parties, or taking time off, I devoted seven days a week towards training and refining my craft as a football player. Before the start of my senior season my sacrifice and willingness to pay the price started to pay off. When it was all said and done, I earned nineteen division one scholarships.

Even though athletics is what introduced me to the importance of making sacrifices for worthwhile goals, the same goes for every area of our lives. I’m sure the goals and dreams you have for your life are enormous and very worthwhile to you, which means you have to ask yourself if you are willing to pay the price.

Everything worthwhile in life doesn’t come easily. Financial independence, losing a certain amount of weight, starting your own business, or even having a successful marriage. It all comes with a price that you have to be willing to pay in order for it to become a reality.

For the goals and dreams that you are currently working towards, ask yourself every day if you are willing to pay the price. Think of all the amazing benefits that you would experience if you were to achieve your goal or dream. When you start imagining and visualizing in clear detail what it would be like to make your dream a reality, you will develop a deep desire to willingly pay whatever price.

Leave the excuses aside. When you are willing to pay the price and sacrifice greatly, you will never finish second to anyone and be well on your way to live a life of greatness!

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